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Receptive Bodies$
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Leo Bersani

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226579627

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226579931.001.0001

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Sensual Sucking and Sociality

Sensual Sucking and Sociality

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Receptive Bodies

Leo Bersani

University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses, using a series of studies focused primarily on psychoanalytic theory, the visual arts and a type of cultural history and criticism inspired by some Foucaldian texts—Michael Foucault's call for the discovery of what he named “new relational modes.” This has led to reconsiderations of the relation between consciousness and the unconscious, as well as between the mental past and present. The chapter also shows how psychoanalytic thought has argued for the intractability of a violent aggressiveness toward a world constitutively hostile to the satisfaction of human desire. However successfully humans may adapt to the constraints imposed on desire by the indifferent and inhibiting otherness into which they are born, their accommodations should not be confused with utopian reconciliations.

Keywords:   psychoanalytic theory, Michael Foucualt, cultural history, new relational modes, human desire, satisfaction, otherness, utopian reconciliations

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