SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture

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Final Acts

Analyzes contemporary memoirs of terminal illness from a psychoanalytic perspective.

The Medusa Effect

Examines images of horror in Victorian fiction, criticism, and philosophy.

The American Optic

Brings together critical race theory and psychoanalysis to examine African American and other diasporic African cultural texts.

A World of Fragile Things

Psychoanalytic perspective on what Western philosophers from Socrates to Foucault have called “the art of living.”

Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture

Explores the radical political potential of close reading to make the case for a new and invigorated psychoanalytic cultural studies.

The Order of Joy

Provocative exploration of a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies.

Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine

Contributors explore the significance of literature and psychoanalysis for medical education and practice.

Desire of the Analysts

Explores psychoanalytic approaches to cultural studies.

Sex, Paranoia, and Modern Masculinity

How modern conceptions of paranoia became associated with excessive or unregulated masculinity.

The Lacanian Left

Innovative exploration of the relationship of Lacanian psychoanalysis to political and democratic theory.

Beyond Lacan

Traces the development of Lacanian theory, and its possible future.

The World of Perversion

An original critique of queer theory, from a psychoanalytic perspective.

The Later Lacan

Examines fundamental concepts of the later Lacan.

Acting Beautifully

Addresses ethical and aesthetic issues in three major works by Henry James.

Language and Politics in Julia Kristeva

Explores the political implications of Kristeva’s theoretical and fictional writings.

Theatres of Human Sacrifice

Provides insight into the ritual lures and effects of mass media spectatorship, especially regarding the pleasures, risks, and purposes of violent display.

Risking Difference

Looks at the dynamics of identification, envy, and idealization in fictional narratives by Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as in nonfictional accounts of cross-race relations by white feminists and feminists of color.

Lacan in the German-Speaking World

Addresses Lacan's reception in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, offering new perspectives for American readers.

Celluloid Couches, Cinematic Clients

Looks at how therapy and the "talking cure" have been portrayed in the movies.

The Logic of Sexuation

Challenges essentialist notions of gender through a detailed account of Lacan's theories of gender, sexuality, and sexual difference.

Post-Jungian Criticism

Rereads Jung in light of contemporary theoretical concerns, and offers a variety of examples of post-Jungian literary and cultural criticism.

The Book of Love and Pain

Addresses the limits in treating pain psychoanalytically, and offers a phenomenological description of psychic pain, particularly the pain of a lost loved one.

The End of Dissatisfaction?

Explains why the American cultural obsession with enjoying ourselves actually makes it more difficult to do so.