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Lacan and the Nonhuman

Editors: Thakur, Gautam Basu, Dickstein, Jonathan Michael (Eds.)

  • Responds to new speculations in the humanities including environmentalism, global and transnational studies, animal and animality studies and post- and trans- humanism(s)
  • Inaugurates a constructive dialogue between critical treatments of Freudian-Lacanian theory and those of the concept of the nonhuman
  • Engages in active interpretations of the terms human and nonhuman
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About this book

This book initiates the discussion between psychoanalysis and recent humanist and social scientific interest in a fundamental contemporary topic – the nonhuman. The authors question where we situate the subject (as distinct from the human) in current critical investigations of a nonanthropoentric universe. In doing so they unravel a less-than-human theory of the subject; explore implications of Lacanian teachings in relation to the environment, freedom, and biopolitics; and investigate the subjective enjoyments of and anxieties over nonhumans in literature, film, and digital media. This innovative volume fills a valuable gap in the literature, extending investigations into an important and topical strand of the social sciences for both analytic and pedagogical purposes.

About the authors

Gautam Basu Thakur is Associate Professor of English at Boise State University, USA where he teaches courses in critical theory, postcoloniality and globalization, and British Empire studies. His first book, Postcolonial Theory and Avatar, was published in 2015.

Jonathan Michael Dickstein is an independent scholar. He teaches literature and media studies and researches connections between psychoanalysis, mathematics, and narrative theory.


Reviews

“Thakur (English, Boise State Univ.), and Dickstein (independent scholar) have collected essays which integrate a neglected discourse between the recent ‘nonhuman turn’ in the humanities and psychoanalysis … . This new, original angle is lively with possibilities. … The book is suited to faculty and advanced students of philosophy, critical theory, psychoanalysis (especially Lacanian), and the history of ideas. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and professionals.” (R. H. Balsam, Choice, Vol. 56 (5), January, 2019)​
“The idea of theoretical antihumanism and of an inhuman subject played an important role in contemporary French thought, from Lacan to Badiou. Lately, cognitive sciences proposed another version of antiumanism: the idea that we are entering a posthuman era. In this way, posthumanism is no longer a theoretical proposal but a matter of our daily lives. Can these two aspects be brought together? Lacan and the Nonhuman deals with this topic, and this is why it is an epoch-making book whose potentials are explosive - both sides lose their innocence. Nothing will be the same after this book.” (Slavoj Žižek)

“One could argue that Lacan has from the beginning of his teaching gestured to the “nonhuman” with his conception of language as structure, that language, as Maire Jaanus explains, “has nothing ‘human’ about it.  Signifiers are dead.”  In this strikingly original and provocative collection of essays by established and new scholars, the current “nonhuman turn” in the humanities is explored through a Lacanian orientation.  The collection rewards both new readers of Lacan as well as experienced readers of Lacan and importantly engages some of Lacan’s later seminars which have been woefully under-engaged in the U.S. for too many years.  Readers will be startled by the new angles of vision that Lacan’s early and later work opens up in the “non-anthropocentric humanities.” (Antonio Viego, Duke University, USA and author of Dead Subjects: Toward a Politics of Loss in Latino Studies)

“Lacan and the Nonhuman is a truly forceful, delightfully inspiring collection of essays. It does not simply add Lacan to the corpus of nonhuman studies, but gives to the notion of nonhuman a whole new twist, as well as a most engaging and productive philosophical edge.” (Alenka Zupančič, Professor of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis at The European Graduate School)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Chicken Knowledge: Or, What Does the Nonhuman Want?

    Pages 1-16

    Basu Thakur, Gautam (et al.)

  • Toward a Less-Than-Human Psychoanalysis: Coitus Interruptus and the Object

    Pages 19-41

    Webster, Jamieson

  • A Horse: No Worse? Phobia and the Failure of Human Metaphors in Psychoanalysis

    Pages 43-61

    Pietrusza, Celeste (et al.)

  • The Human Not in the Human

    Pages 63-100

    Kordela, A. Kiarina

  • L’extermination de tout Symbolisme des Cieux: Reading the Lacanian Letter as Inhuman ‘Apparatus’ and Its Implications for Ecological Thinking

    Pages 101-120

    Spicer, Kevin Andrew

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eBook £63.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-63817-1
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63816-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-87644-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lacan and the Nonhuman
Editors
  • Gautam Basu Thakur
  • Jonathan Michael Dickstein
Series Title
The Palgrave Lacan Series
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63817-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63817-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63816-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87644-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 286
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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