The other side of desire : Lacan's theory of the registers by Lacan, Jacques; Lacan, Jacques; Van Pelt, Tamise

By Lacan, Jacques; Lacan, Jacques; Van Pelt, Tamise

Explores Lacan's idea of the registers via readings of a large choice of texts.

The different part of hope places Jacques Lacan's theoretical constructs to paintings on texts as different as Plato's Symposium, Hamlet, Tootsie, and the journals of Sylvia Plath, making the concepts of Lacanian research available to a large choice of readers. relocating from oppositional readings of Lacan himself, via Lacan's look for a substitute for oppositionality, to his resolution within the concept of the registers, Van Pelt rereads Lacan's most important essays on aggressivity, the replicate degree, the subversion of the topic, and the signification of the phallus, making specific the interpreting practices implicit in Lacan's first seven Seminars and his Écrits. all through, Van Pelt demonstrates Lacanian theory's pivotal position within the highbrow transition from the poststructuralism of the mid–twentieth century to the post-humanism of the twenty-first

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The other side of desire : Lacan's theory of the registers

Explores Lacan's idea of the registers via readings of a wide selection of texts. the opposite part of wish places Jacques Lacan's theoretical constructs to paintings on texts as different as Plato's Symposium, Hamlet, Tootsie, and the journals of Sylvia Plath, making the concepts of Lacanian research available to a large choice of readers.

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The symbolic code, which is the place for “multivalence” and “reversibility,” differs from the four remaining codes, the hermeneutic code which allows an enigma to be distinguished, formulated, and disclosed; the semic code which expresses the “Voice of the Person” (21) through “flickers of meaning” (19); the proairetic code which relates to action and empiricism and unfolds through sequence as naming; and the cultural code which includes the reference codes that “afford the discourse a basis in scientific or moral authority” (18).

Here, Garber’s privileging of the function of the 8 Other-Ch. 1 1/22/00 10:06 AM Page 9 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Symposium transvestite replicates Bowie’s privileging of the bisexual in The Symposium. In fact, “category crisis” with its disruptive transvestitism pitted against the categorical sexes evokes the binary homosexual/heterosexual rather than displacing it. This return to binary categories can be seen most clearly in Garber’s use of the Lacanian registers to explain the relation between the transvestite and the more conventionally gendered others.

Yes. In a sense, the inverted readings of the Lacanian registers just surveyed have their genesis in this ambiguity. For heuristic purposes, the problems presented by the inverted critical readings and by the assimilation of Lacanian theory into other critical schools of thought can be positioned in the generic structural model, the semiotic rectangle defined by two terms A and B, their negations, and their combinations. If the imaginary and the symbolic registers occupy the first two terms of the basic structural relation, then the real must be the double negation, or negative complex term since the real is the register which is neither the imaginary nor the symbolic.

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