Beyond Sexuality

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University of Chicago Press, Sep 1, 2000 - Psychology - 304 pages
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Beyond Sexuality points contemporary sexual politics in a radically new direction. Combining a psychoanalytic emphasis on the unconscious with a deep respect for the historical variability of sexual identities, this original work of queer theory makes the case for viewing erotic desire as fundamentally impersonal. Tim Dean develops a reading of Jacques Lacan that—rather than straightening out this notoriously difficult French psychoanalyst—brings out the queer tensions and productive incoherencies in his account of desire.

Dean shows how the Lacanian unconscious "deheterosexualizes" desire, and along the way he reveals how psychoanalytic thinkers as well as queer theorists have failed to exploit the full potential of this conception of desire. The book elaborates this by investigating social fantasies about homosexuality and AIDS, including gay men's own fantasies about sex and promiscuity, in an attempt to illuminate the challenges facing safe-sex education. Taking on many shibboleths in contemporary psychoanalysis and queer theory—and taking no prisoners—Beyond Sexuality offers an antidote to hagiographical strains in recent work on psychoanalysis, Foucault, and sexuality.
  

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A horrible read! A very superficial yet self-important approach of lacanian ideas. Tim Dean is aspiring to bring the queer theory back to the 'Real' and fails miserably. The book is genuinely infuriating.

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It's hard for me to summon a book that infuriated me more. If one were a pseudo-Lacanian (that is, the sort of person who gleefully revels in pointless infantile perversity), perhaps that might serve ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Beyond the Couch
1
How to Read Lacan
22
Transcending Gender
2
The Psychoanalysis of AIDS
3
SafeSex Education and Death Drive
12
Bodies That Mutter
65
Lacan Meets Queer Theory
215
The Ineluctability of Sublimation
85
References
14
Index of Names
297
Index of Psychoanalytic Concepts
303
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Tim Dean teaches in the Department of English and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is author of Gary Snyder and the American Unconscious: Inhabiting the Ground.

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