It offers a timely intervention into Lacanian theory, environmental studies, geography, philosophy, and literary studies that illustrates the relevance of psychoanalysis to current social and environmental concerns.
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Paul Kingsbury is Professor of Geography and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University, and Vice President of the Lacan Salon Vancouver, Canada.
Table of Contents1 Introduction; Clint Burnham, Paul Kingsbury.- Part I Lacanian Theory.- 2 Love Thy Enemy: Environment(al) Politics; Cindy Zeiher.- 3 “Staying with” the Anxiety: The Ecological Object a of Inuit Throat Singing; Alois Sieben.- 4 Confinement and Jouissance in Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street”; Alma Krilic.- 5 Lacan’s Trash Talk: Three Objects for the Internet; Clint Burnham.- Part II Our Knowledge on Climate Change.- 6 The Psychotopology of Climate.- Sasha J. Langford.- 7 In Defence of the Subject; Juan Luis de la Mora.- 8 Enjoying the Heat: Anxiety, Fantasy, and Doomsday Prepping; Calum Matheson.- Part III Lack of Knowledge.- 9 Does the Animal Desire?; Alessandra Capperdoni.- 10 Aokigahara Forest: An Aesthetic Space of Residual Surplus; Hilda Fernández-Alvarez.- 11 “Some people like…”: Misapprehension and Effacement of Jouissance in Climate Hostile Advertising; Miguel Rivera.- Part IV End of the World.- 12 Psychoanalysis at the End of the World; Nathan Gorelick.- 13 From the Sublime to the Hysterical Sublime: Reading the End of the World Against the Singularity; Matthew Flisfeder.- 14 From Capitalocene to Anthropocene: The Feminine Counter-Ecology of Snowpocalypse Films; Tamas Nagypal.- 15 Self-Destruction and the Natural World; Todd McGowan.- 16 Afterword; Clint Burnham, Paul Kingsbury.
What People are Saying About This
“Lacan and the Environment is today's version of what Hegel called "infinite judgment," the assertion of the link between two dimensions which appear totally different. This outstanding volume throws a new light not only on Lacan but also on environmental issues: we cannot really understand ecology without taking into account all the fantasies that overdetermine our approach to this topic.”
(Slavoj Žižek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, UK)
“The defining crisis of our time is ecocide. Upending conventional distinctions between exterior and interior, psychoanalysis proves an unexpectedly rich resource for thinking and acting against destruction, displacement, and extinction. These smart, urgent essays consider a broad range of cultural contexts, illustrate the centrality of fantasy, desire, and symbolization to ecological transformation, and should inspire and terrify readers of many stripes.”
(Anna Kornbluh, Department of English, University of Illinois, Chicago, USA)
“This brilliant edited volume not only reveals the environment to be an enduring theme in Lacan’s oeuvre, but also rethinks and reworks Lacan environmentally, showing “nature” to be a site of both play and anxiety, interiority and radical externality, pleasure and pollution. Our study of the environment will never be the same.”
(Ilan Kapoor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Canada)