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Law and Enjoyment
Power, Pleasure and Psychoanalysis

ISBN 9780415792233
Published December 20, 2016 by Routledge
177 Pages

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Book Description

This book advocates, and develops, a critical account of the relationship between law and the largely neglected issue of ‘enjoyment’. Taking popular culture seriously – as a lived and meaningful basis for a wider understanding of law, beyond the strictures of legal institutions and professional practices – it takes up a range of case studies from film and literature in order to consider how law is iterated through enjoyment, and how enjoyment embodies law. Drawing on psychoanalytic theory, this book addresses issues such as the forced choice to enjoy the law, the biopolitics of tyranny, the enjoyment of law’s contingency, the trauma of the law’s symbolic codification of pleasure, and the futuristic vision of law’s transgression. In so doing, it forges an important case for acknowledging and analyzing the complex relationship between power and pleasure in law – one that will be of considerable interest to legal theorists, as well as those with interests in the intersection of psychoanalytic and cultural theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Reading the Law with Lacan  2. Law’s Forced Choice (to Enjoy)  3. Law and Contingency  4. Capitalist Subjectivity and the Wissenschaft of Jurisprudence  5. The Master and Knowledge after Nihilism  6. Enjoyment and Restorative Justice  7. Law, Transgression, and The Cares of a Family Man  8. Coraline, or, l’envers de la loi  9. Psyche and Authority  10. The Legal and Erotic in True Blood  11. Power and Jouissance in The City & The City  12. Contract and Conflict in Eve Online  Conclusion

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Daniel Hourigan is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.