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Lacan in Public: Psychoanalysis and the Science of Rhetoric (Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit)

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Lacan in Public argues that Lacanandrsquo;s contributions to the theory of rhetoric are substantial and revolutionary and that rhetoric is in fact the central concern of Lacanandrsquo;s entire body of work.

Scholars typically cite Jacques Lacan as a thinker primarily concerned with issues of desire, affect, politics, and pleasure. Scholars who identify themselves as rhetoricians have rarely cited Lacan as a significant influence in their own field.

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Though Lacan explicitly contends with some of the pivotal thinkers in the field of rhetoric (Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian) and familiar topoi (the oratorical tradition, the power of trope, stasis theory, and questions of contingency and context), rhetorical studies has been reticent to embrace the French thinker both because his writing is difficult and because Lacanandrsquo;s conception of rhetoric runs counter to the American traditions of rhetoric in composition and communication studies. Lacanandrsquo;s conception of rhetoric, Christian Lundberg argues in Lacan in Public, upsets and extends the received wisdom of American rhetorical studiesandmdash;that rhetoric is a science, rather than an art; that rhetoric is predicated not on the reciprocal exchange of meanings, but rather on the impossibility of such an exchange; and that rhetoric never achieves a correspondence with the real-world circumstances it attempts to describe.

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Lundberg proceeds from an analysis of Lacanandrsquo;s most recognizable maximandmdash;andldquo;the unconscious is structured like a languageandrdquo;andmdash;and advances a rhetorical theory drawn from Lacanian psychoanalysis that provides a systematic account of rhetoric while simultaneously contributing to contemporary scholarship on Lacan.

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As Lundberg shows, Lacanandrsquo;s work speaks directly to conversations at the center of current rhetorical scholarship, including debates regarding the nature of the public and public discourses, the materiality of rhetoric and agency, and the contours of a theory of persuasion.

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Lacan in Public argues that Lacanandrsquo;s contributions to the theory of rhetoric are substantial and revolutionary and that rhetoric is in fact the central concern of Lacanandrsquo;s entire body of work.

About the Author

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Christian Lundberg is an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His articles have appeared in Cultural Studies, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Pre/Text, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments
Introduction: Lacan's Uncanny Rhetoric
1. On Failed Unicity: Rhetoric and Structuralist Poetics
2. Locating Rhetoric
3. Speech/Communication
4. Toward an Economy of Trope
5. Reference, Enjoyment, and the Materiality of Rhetoric
6. Lacan in Public
7. Trope, Affect, and Public Subjectivity
Postscript
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780817317782
Author:
Lundberg, Christian O.
Publisher:
University Alabama Press
Author:
Lundberg, Christian
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Psychology : General
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Albma Rhetoric Cult and Soc Crit
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illustrations
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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