SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture

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The Medusa Effect

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

Final Acts

Analyzes contemporary memoirs of terminal illness from a psychoanalytic perspective.

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 End of Dissatisfaction?

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

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.

Remaking the Frankenstein Myth on Film

Explores how filmmakers and screenwriters have used comedy and science fiction to extend the boundaries of the Frankenstein narrative.

Rereading George Eliot

A noted Eliot scholar explores how we become different interpreters of literature as we undergo psychological change.

Signifying Pain

Explores the therapeutic uses and effects of writing in a post-Freudian age.

The Ethical Dimension of Psychoanalysis

Explores the contributions that psychoanalysis can make to the study of ethics, and vice versa.

French Fairy Tales

Offers an analysis of fourteen French fairy tales, from the medieval Romance of Mélusine to Jean Cocteau's film version of Beauty and the Beast, exploring their universal and eternal nature as well as their relevance to modern readers.

After Lacan

The authors use examples from their own clinical practice to explain the development of Lacanian theory.

Reading Seminar XX

Examines Lacan's key seminar on sexual difference, knowledge, desire, and love.

Incorporating Cultural Theory

Uses psychoanalysis to reconsider cultural studies with a focus on wholeness and integration.

Disappearing Persons

Investigates the psychocultural crisis confronting our increasingly appearance-oriented, shame-driven society.

Joy and the Objects of Psychoanalysis

Shows how literature can aid psychoanalysts in the understanding of psychological conflicts.

Writing Prejudices

Examines the manifestations of racism, sexism, and homophobia in the literary works of Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Joseph Conrad, and Toni Morrison.


Attempts to comprehend the traumatic significance of Hiroshima in order to construct a new theory of history.

The Feminine "No!"

Attempts to understand recent changes in the canon of American literature through the aid of psychoanalytic theory.

Literary Trauma

Examines representations of political, psychological, and sexual violence in seven novels by American women.

The Subject of Lacan

An accessible introduction to the psychoanalytic theories of Jacques Lacan, intended especially for American psychologists but useful to anyone interested in the work of this important thinker.

Once Below a Time

Offers a psychoanalytically enhanced theory of poetics through close readings of Dylan Thomas and Julia Kristeva.

The other Side of Desire

Explores Lacan's theory of the registers through readings of a wide variety of texts.

Psychoanalyses / Feminisms

Probes the complementary yet contested relations between psychoanalysis and feminism, emphasizing the plural nature of each.

Gambling, Game, and Psyche

The fate of the hero-gambler, as described by Dostoevsky, Balzac, Poe, and others, is the focus of this unprecedented exploration of gambling and the human psyche.

Quiet As It's Kept

Focuses on the role of shame and trauma as it looks at issues of race, class, color, and caste in the novels of Toni Morrison.

The Wounded Body

Explores the wounded body in literature from Homer to Toni Morrison, examining how it functions archetypally as both a cultural metaphor and a poetic image.

The Return of the Repressed

Examines the psychological, cultural, and political implications of Gothic fiction, and helps to explain why horror writers and filmmakers have found such large and receptive audiences eager for the experience of being scared out of their wits.

D.H. Lawrence and the Paradoxes of Psychic Life

Explores the multiple, often contradictory identifications and fantasies that distinguish Lawrence's fiction, casting fresh light on his relationship with women.

Hemingway's Fetishism

Demonstrates in painstaking detail and with reference to stunning new archival evidence how fetishism was crucial to the construction and negotiation of identity and gender in Hemingway's life and fiction.

Shelley's Mirrors of Love

Examines the myths and realities of narcissism in the life and work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and explores how Shelley combated what he called “the principle of Self” by embracing the ideals of Christlike self-sacrifice and sisterly love.

Scenes of Shame

Explores the role of shame as an important affect in the complex psychodynamics of literary and philosophical works.

Object Lessons

An important contribution to our understanding and interpretation of fetishism and of what fetishism can teach us about sexuality, gender, belief, and knowledge.

Levinas and Lacan

Draws attention to the enigmatic missed encounter between Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Lacan, and articulates the theoretical stakes and practical consequences of such a disjunctive encounter for ethics.

Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan

In this first English translation of a classic text by one of the foremost commentators on Lacan's work, Nasio eloquently demonstrates the clinical and practical import of Lacan's theory, even in its most difficult or obscure moments.

Hitchcock's Bi-Textuality

Uses close readings of Hitchcock's films to combine an articulation of Lacan's theory of ethics with a discussion of recent theories of feminine subjectivity and queer textuality.

Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye

Offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville's work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and "Billy Budd. "

Lacan and Literature

This book of literary criticsm uses Lacanian psychoanalytic theory to explicate Roland Barthes, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, D.H. Lawrence, and Alain Robbe-Grillet.

Reading Seminars I and II

In this collection of essays, Lacan's early work is first discussed systematically by focusing on his two earliest seminars: Freud's Papers on Technique and The Ego in Freud's Theory and in the Technique ...

Lacan, Politics, Aesthetics

This is an anthology of psychoanalytic criticism applied to the wider field of cultural studies including class, gender, representation, ideology, and law.

Transferring to America

This book uses recent psychoanalytic theory to analyze the work of three contemporary scholars--Harold Bloom, Stanley Cavell, and Sacvan Bercovitch--while viewing their work as expressing Jewish immigrant desires for integration into American culture.

Reading Seminar XI

This book provides the first truly sustained commentary to appear in either French or English on Lacan's most important seminar, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. The 16 contributors unpack ...

Psyche and Text

Sussman here explores the relevance and value of object-relations theory to literature and literary studies. His study of character treats literature as a medium in which important relationships to conceptualized ...