Emotion, Affect, Drive

Charles Shepherdson

in Lacan and the Limits of Language

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780823227662
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235353 | DOI:
Emotion, Affect, Drive

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This chapter considers how the concept of affect, far from being neglected by Lacan, bore very directly on his concept of jouissance. The problem is enormously complex because Lacan appears at some points to say that anxiety is the only affect and that, indeed, anxiety is not an “emotion,” which would seem to have a clearer symbolic orientation. The question of affect in Chapter 2, and of the aesthetic effect of tragedy on our emotions (especially “pity” and “fear”), is in some sense continued in the chapter, which turns briefly from Antigone to Hamlet for guidance.

Keywords: Jacques Lacan; Freud; jouissance; voice; grief; melancholia; affect; anxiety

Chapter.  8866 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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