Addresses Lacan's reception in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering new perspectives for American readers.
This book offers a selection of the best work on Lacan that has been published over the past ten years by RISS, a Swiss journal of Lacanian studies. Though focused on Lacan and Freud, the collection is partly about Germany itself, addressing questions of trauma, historical memory, politics, fascism, and democracy. The essays range from investigations of particular art forms such as music and tragedy to clinical studies of melancholia, depression, anxiety, and other somatic phenomena that have a symbolic or psychic dimension. As a whole, the book explores the breakdown of meaning and the failure of social and political structures, which Lacan addresses through the category of the Real, and it offers English-speaking readers a variety of new perspectives on Lacan and psychoanalysis.
Elizabeth Stewart is Assistant Professor of English at Yeshiva University. Maire Jaanus is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Barnard College. She is the coeditor (with Richard Feldstein and Bruce Fink) of Reading Seminar XI: Lacan's Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis: The Paris Seminars in English and Reading Seminars I and II: Lacan's Return to Freud, both published by SUNY Press. Richard Feldstein is Professor of English at Rhode Island College.