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DepositPsychoanalysis, Popular and Unpopular

This essay gives a historical/theoretical account of the interaction between psychoanalytic theory and American film culture. Through an analysis of the popularization and sensationalization of psychoanalytic theory and practice in the 1950s in America, the article argues that psychoanalytic theory in a neoliberal age is no longer seen as modern or ‘new’ and has been dismissed by both cultural studies and dominant modes of thinking in behavioral psychology.

DepositLiterature and Psychoanalysis: Whose Madness is it anyway?

Examiner/examined, analyst/analysand, subject/object, sane/mad, science/art: the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature appears to conform to this binary logic, with the first term in each set clearly privileged over the second. The realm of the literary is populated with an impressive assortment of mad characters and mad authors: killers, junkies, drunkards, the paranoid, the depressed, the suicidal, the abandoned or the simply alienated. Literature inhabits and is inhabited by the pathological, or so it must have seemed to the armies of psychoanalytic critics who repeatedly turned to it. We seek to deconstruct this particular binary view of literature-as-madness, psychoanalysis-as-saneness by showing how a critic’s preoccupation with the pathology of an author can sometimes expose his/her own unconscious complexes, desires or fears. With this in mind, we thus momentarily turn the examiner into the examined.

DepositReview of The Triumph of Religion Preceded by Discourse to Catholics by Jacques Lacan Prabuddha Bharata September 2018

Psychoanalysis and its father in the West, Sigmund Freud, have often been seen as the antitheses of religion and faith. This book seeks to dispel this misconception and place Freud and psychoanalysis as hopes to the faithful and the hedonist alike. Ethics and morality do not get compromised and unethical and immoral behaviour do not get free licence under Freud’s teachings. The result of two lectures and one interview of Jacques Lacan, this book is a timely addition to the English literature on and by Lacan as it gives hope to the many psychoanalysts long caught in the dilemma of choosing religion or psychoanalysis primarily because of the either/or dichotomy between these two choices as presented by scholars of either field.

DepositReview The Triumph of Religion by Jacques Lacan Prabuddha Bharata September 2018

Psychoanalysis and its father in the West, Sigmund Freud, have often been seen as the antitheses of religion and faith. This book seeks to dispel this misconception and place Freud and psychoanalysis as hopes to the faithful and the hedonist alike. Ethics and morality do not get compromised and unethical and immoral behaviour do not get free licence under Freud’s teachings. The result of two lectures and one interview of Jacques Lacan, this book is a timely addition to the English literature on and by Lacan as it gives hope to the many psychoanalysts long caught in the dilemma of choosing religion or psychoanalysis primarily because of the either/or dichotomy between these two choices as presented by scholars of either field.