Democracy, the Late Lacan, and Karz’s If Women Ran the World

By:
Prof. Maire Jaanus
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Fukuyama argued that women should not run the world because women lack the aggressive qualities that are needed in global politics today and in the future. The women interviewed in Karz’s film argue the contrary. With his formula of sexuation and his definition of the discourse of the analyst, Lacan provides a theoretical basis for a future democratic world, in which women are equal partners with men.


Keywords: Democracy, Lacan, Karz, Fukuyama, Women, Sexuation Formulas, Discourse of the Analyst
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Prof. Maire Jaanus

Professor of English, English Department, Barnard College/Columbia University
New York, New York, USA

Maire Jaanus, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Barnard College and Columbia University, is the co-editor of Lacan in the German_Speaking World (SUNY Press, 2004), Reading Seminars I and II: Lacan's Return to Freud (SUNY Press, 1996) and Reading Seminar XI: Lacan's Four Fundamental Concepts (SUNY Press, 1995). She is the editor of Ethics and the Superego in Freud and Lacan, a special issue of Literature and Psychology XXXXII no.1-2 (1997) and the author of She - a Novel (Doubleday, 1984), Literature and Negation (Columbia University Press, 1979; Paper Rept., 1988), and Georg Trakl (Columbia University Press, 1974). Most recently she has published “Estonian Time and Monumental Time” and "Estonia and Pain in Jaan Kross’s The Czar’s Madman" in Baltic Postcolonialism (Rodopi, 2006), "The passage à l’acte in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina" in Psychoanalytical Notebooks No. 14, (2005) "Tammsaare and Love" in Interlitteraria 10 (2005), the Introduction and Notes to Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004), and “The Concept of Jouissance and its Significance for the Humanities,” International Journal of the Humanities, vol. 1, (2003).

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