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Seductions and Enigmas


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Introduction; Seductions and Enigmas: Laplanche, Reading, Theory - John Fletcher and Nicholas Ray; Reading and Interpretation: Laplanche and the Case of Freud; Interpreting (with) Freud - Jean Laplanche; Exigency and Going-Astray - Jean Laplanche; Sublimation and/or Inspiration - Jean Laplanche; Seduction, Sexuality, Gender Primal Femininity - Jacques Andres; Seduction, Gender and the Drive - Judith Butler; Seductions, Enigmas, Literary Texts Culture, Cognition and Jean Laplanche's Enigmatic Signifier - Allyson Stack; Gothic's Enigmatic Signifier: the Case of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla - Mike Davis; The Ides of March: from Mastery to Vampirism - Eric Toubiana; The Scenography of Trauma: a 'Copernican' reading of Sophocles' Oedipus the King - John Fletcher; Seduction and Infraction in the Visual and Aural Fields; Breast-Feeding as Original Seduction and Primal Scene of Seduction: Giorgione's La Tempesta - Jacqueline Lanouziere Femininity and Passivity in the Primal Scene: The Little Death of Sardanapalus - Jacques Andre Seduction, Receptivity and the 'Feminine' in Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book - Nicholas Ray Bruce Nauman, Jean Laplanche and the Art of Helplessness - Josh Cohen

About the Author

John Fletcher has written on literature, film and psychoanalysis, with publications on Freud and the Scene of Trauma (2013), Jean Laplanche, Freud and the Sexual, ed. Fletcher (2011); New Formations, no 48, 2002-3, Special Issue: Jean Laplanche and the Theory of Seduction, ed. Fletcher; Jean Laplanche, Essays on Otherness, ed. Fletcher (1999) and Seduction, Translation, Drives, ed. Fletcher and Stanton (1992). Nicholas Ray teaches in the School of English at the University of Leeds. He is author of Tragedy and Otherness: Sophocles, Shakespeare, Psychoanalysis (2009) and the co-translator of Laplanche's final book Freud and the Sexual: Essays 2000 - 2006 (2011).


This superb collection will be essential reading on Jean Laplanche, both for his analysis of Freud on interpretation, and for Laplanche's centrally important idea of seduction as 'the other in me'. New insights emerge in the exploration of its significance for understanding sexuality and gender, and for our experience of cultural works and their impact as 'enigmatic messages'. Elizabeth Cowie, Professor of Film Studies University of Kent This collection of important papers advances the vital project of bringing Laplanche's originality to the attention of Anglophone readers. What Laplanche offers to both clinicians and cultural critics is an account of interpretation that locates alterity and constitutive opacity at the heart of human relations. Happily this book is not opaque but admirably lucid in its exposition of key concepts and their potential for illuminating a range of aesthetic forms and cultural formations. Seductions and Enigmas is an extremely useful book. Tim Dean, Director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, SUNY-Buffalo

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