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Anxiety: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book X

ISBN: 978-0-7456-6041-7
288 pages
April 2014, Polity
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Jacques Lacan is widely recognized as a key figure in the history of psychoanalysis and one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century. In Anxiety, now available for the first time in English, he explores the nature of anxiety, suggesting that it is not nostalgia for the object that causes anxiety but rather its imminence.

In what was to be the last of his year-long seminars at Saint-Anne hospital, Lacan's 1962-63 lessons form the keystone to this classic phase of his teaching. Here we meet for the first time the notorious a in its oral, anal, scopic and vociferated guises, alongside Lacan’s exploration of the question of the 'analyst's desire'. Arriving at these concepts from a multitude of angles, Lacan leads his audience with great care through a range of recurring themes such as anxiety between jouissance and desire, counter-transference and interpretation, and the fantasy and its frame.

This important volume, which forms Book X of The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, will be of great interest to students and practitioners of psychoanalysis and to students and scholars throughout the humanities and social sciences, from literature and critical theory to sociology, psychology and gender studies.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO THE STRUCTURE OF ANXIETY

I. Anxiety in the Net of Signifiers

II. Anxiety, Sign of Desire

III. From the Cosmos to the Unheimlich

IV. Beyond Castration Anxiety

V. That Which Deceives

VI. That Which Deceives Not

REVISION OF THE STATUS OF THE OBJECT

VII. Not Without Having It

VIII. The Cause of Desire

IX. Passage à l'acte and Acting-Out

X. On a Lack that is Irreducible to the Signifier

XI. Punctuations on Desire

ANXIETY BETWEEN JOUISSANCE AND DESIRE

XII. Anxiety, Signal of the Real

XIII. Aphorisms on Love

XIV. Woman, Truer and More Real

XV. Men’s Business

THE FIVE FORMS OF THE OBJECT

XVI. Buddha's Eyelids

XVII. The Mouth and the Eye

XVIII. The Voice of Yahweh

XIX. The Evanescent Phallus

XX. What Comes in Through the Ear

XXI. Piaget's Tap

XXII. From Anal to Ideal

XXIII. On a Circle that is Irreducible to a Point

XXIV. From the a to the Names-of-the-Father

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Author Information

Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) was one of the twentieth-century's most influential thinkers. His many works include Écrits, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis and the many other volumes of The Seminar.
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Reviews

''Despite the extraordinary range and reach of his work, anxiety is really Lacan’s subject. In this book - which is among the most remarkable psychoanalytic and philosophical works of our time - Lacan shows us how much more there may be to say about this fundamental experience that paralyses speech and so immobilises people’s lives.''
Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst and writer

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