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Law and Enjoyment

Power, Pleasure and Psychoanalysis, 1st Edition

By Daniel Hourigan


167 pages

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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 Jurisprudence5.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

About the Author

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

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Discourses of Law

This successful and exciting series seeks to publish the most innovative scholarship at the intersection of law, philosophy and social theory. The books published in the series are distinctive by virtue of exploring the boundaries of legal thought. The work that this series seeks to promote is marked most strongly by the drive to open up new perspectives on the relation between law and other disciplines. The series has also been unique in its commitment to international and comparative perspectives upon an increasingly global legal order. Of particular interest in a contemporary context, the series has concentrated upon the introduction and translation of continental traditions of theory and law.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / Jurisprudence
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture