Pits the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan against the historicist approach of Michel Foucault to develop a profound critique of historicism
Joan Copjec is Professor of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. She has written or edited eleven books, including Supposing the Subject and Radical Evil.
After Read My Desire, nothing in the domain of cultural studies
will remain quite the same: cinema theory, feminism, philosophy,
and psychoanalysis will have to relate to each other in an entirely
new way. For the first time, an American author has taken Lacan
seriously, relegating to well-deserved irrelevance the prevailing
appropriation of the Lacanian theory by cultural studies. Far
beyond political correctness, the book is theoretically correct: If
it didn't exist, one would have to invent it!