sh.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • harvard-anglia-ruskin-university
  • apa-old-doi-prefix.csl
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Arts
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5333-4317
2019 (English)In: Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory / [ed] Yannis Stavrakakis, New York: Routledge, 2019, p. 341-353Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Ever since Freud advanced the full insight into the possibilities—and envisaged the shortcomings—of using psychoanalysis to understand political action, art has been a ground for symbolizing the political subject. As this chapter shows, its function, in this regard, has been double. On the one hand, it has been used to imply the full extent of the workings of the unconscious and the drives as an inhibiting force. Freud posited an oedipal relation between subject, object, and pleasure that has been used to analyze the modern subject of paralysis in, for instance, the writings of Jacques Lacan, Theodor Adorno, Samuel Beckett, and Slavoj Žižek. In this sense, psychoanalysis when applied to art indicates the symptom of a contemporary condition. However, as this chapter also demonstrates, psychoanalysis can be used to give art political purposes, both in theory and in practice. Psychoanalytic theories and models have provided a ground for art’s insistence on the radical transformation of the subject. Here feminist theorists such as Julia Kristeva and Laura Mulvey have been at the forefront, as well as artists such as Claude Cahun and Carolee Schneemann and filmmakers such as Claire Denis. Here, the normative use of the oedipal model has been questioned. Instead, the distinction between subject and object has been subverted. In this way, the political use of psychoanalysis in art has been cast not at the level of collective action but rather at the level of how political hierarchies, bodies, and the community of the senses is understood and acted on.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Routledge, 2019. p. 341-353
Series
Routledge handbooks
National Category
Arts Philosophy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39827DOI: 10.4324/9781315524771-28ISBN: 9781315524771 (electronic)ISBN: 9781138696310 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39827DiVA, id: diva2:1385131
Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-13Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Sjöholm, Cecilia

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Sjöholm, Cecilia
By organisation
Aesthetics
ArtsPhilosophy

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 10 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • harvard-anglia-ruskin-university
  • apa-old-doi-prefix.csl
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf