1st Edition

Movement, Velocity, and Rhythm from a Psychoanalytic Perspective Variable Speed(s)

Edited By Jessica Datema, Angie Voela Copyright 2023
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Movement, Velocity, and Rhythm from a Psychoanalytic Perspective: Variable Speed(s) explores philosophical and psychoanalytic theories, as well as artworks, that show sensible bodily rituals for reviving our social and subjective lives. With a wide range of contributors from interdisciplinary backgrounds, it informs readers on how to find rituals for syncing ourselves with others and world rhythms.  

    The book is divided into three parts on variability, speed, and slowness, and explores rhythmic rituals of renewal, revolution, and reflection. Each chapter provides unique examples from the applied arts, film, television, and literature to show how different practices of rhythm might aid in creative and deep contemplation and includes philosophical and cultural theories for bodily and rhythmic renewal. Without being limited to a clinical perspective, this book provides wide-ranging discussions of the relation between rhythm, trauma, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, continental philosophy, critical psychology, Lacan, and film, to explore modes of becoming more attuned to each moment, to others, and to our own era.  

    Movement, Velocity, and Rhythm from a Psychoanalytic Perspective will be essential reading for Lacanian psychoanalysts in practice and in training, as well as anyone interested in rhythm at the intersection of Lacanian psychoanalysis and continental philosophy.

    Introduction: Rhythmic Transformations

    Part I: Variable Measures

    1. Killing Eve: Inflections of Rebirth and Pathogenesis

    Jessica Datema and Angie Voela

    2. Repetition to Revolution: Jordan Peele's Us

    Jennifer Friedlander

    3. Radical Temporalities of Trauma, Melancholia, and Disaster

    Eve Watson

    Part II: Speed

    4. Uncut Gems: Dashing between the Red and the Black

    Jessica Datema and Manya Steinkoler

    5. Running with Thieves: Baby Driver and The Beat My Heart Skipped

    Angie Voela

    6. Burning: Afterburn and Lawlessness in the Anthropocene

    Jessica Datema and Manya Steinkoler

    Part III: Slowness

    7. "I repeated the routine": The Lacanian Drive in Ling Ma’s Severance and COVID-19

    Erica D. Galioto

    8. Richtering Rhythms: Never Look Away

    Jessica Datema


    Jessica Datema, PhD, is professor of Literature at Bergen Community College, USA. Dr Datema also received a creative writing certificate for studies accomplished at the University of Cambridge, and she has written and edited two other books.

    Angie Voela, PhD, is senior lecturer in Psychosocial Studies at the University of East London, UK. She has published several journal articles, including "We Need to Talk About Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, the Family and Popular Culture" and is the author and editor of two previous books.

    “With deep acumen, Movement, Velocity, and Rhythm from a Psychoanalytic Perspective reveals how neoliberal capitalism’s performance principle drives us to the brink of destruction, suggesting that opting out of it altogether may be the only way toward a more rewarding life. Slowing down may be our only way to survive, let alone flourish, as we fight for our future and the future of our planet.” 

    Mari Ruti, Distinguished Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

    “In this fine-tuned collection taking the pulse of the social unconscious, rhythm is shown to be everywhere. Tracking its beat in films, series, and novels, eight compelling essays build a cadence of meaning that resonate together when exploring the psychoanalysis of revolution or stasis, fever or convalescence, the synergy or suspension of time in dance and trauma, the capitalist speeding up of life intersecting with the unwinding of the Anthropocene.” 

    Patricia Gherovici, Psychoanalyst and author of Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference (Routledge)