Thinking the Perverse Dynamic

Jonathan Dollimore

in Sexual Dissidence

Published in print August 1991 | ISBN: 9780198112259
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670732 | DOI:
Thinking the Perverse Dynamic

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Sigmund Freud was aware of the paradoxical nature of desire, not least because of its fundamental perversity. However, psychoanalysis, in discovering that perversity, needs also to address a perverse dynamic inextricably bound into desire but not reducible to it, however defined. To recover the history of perversion is to rethink some of the most basic classificatory categories which have organised and, in a sense produced, sexuality. Psychoanalysis also needs to disclose the perverse nature of the social, finally, to recognise that a challenging concept of the perverse lies not any longer in the polymorphous perverse, but in the paradoxical perverse or the perverse dynamic. Perversion subverts not in the recovery of a pre-social libido, or an original plenitude, but as a dynamic intrinsic to social process.

Keywords: Sigmund Freud; perverse dynamic; desire; perversion; sexuality; paradoxical perverse

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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