Reading Group: Lacan on Feminine Sexuality

28 Feb


This week (Feb. 29th) we will be discussing Lacan’s understanding of feminine sexuality.

This week’s texts (Read one, both, or neither!):

  • Lacan, “On Jouissance” and “God and Woman’s Jouissance” in Seminar XX
  • Butler, “Lacan, Riviere, and the Strategies of Masquerade” in Gender Trouble

Free Pdfs of the readings can be found: HERE

Location: Bloomfield Crazy Mocha (4525 Liberty Ave).

This spring we are doing things a little different. For each week we have selected one Lacan text, and one secondary text. Read one, read both, read neither, it’s up to you! What is most important is that every Monday at 8:00pm we will come together to try and figure out what this notoriously obscure figure was really trying to get at. If you have a question raised by the text that you addressed at the meeting, leave a note in the comments below.

Want some extra resources? Check out PEL’s episode on Lacan HERE, or their episode on Lacan and Derrida’s readings of Poe’s “Purloined Letter” HERE.

As a reminder, even though we have moved to thematic groups, there is no expectation that people participate in every week, so even if you can’t commit to the whole winter, you are still more than welcome to join us when you can.


  • None this week.

OTHER NEWS:61667621

Ever wondered how much we have really covered in reading group? Check out the new link that includes a (nearly) comprehensive list of every text that has been covered by the reading group since its inception a few years ago. LINK HERE


Upcoming in Lacan Demystified

2/29 – Feminine Sexuality

  • Lacan, “On Jouissance” and “God and Woman’s Jouissance” in Seminar XX
  • Butler, “Lacan, Riviere, and the Strategies of Masquerade” in Gender Trouble

3/7 – Ethics and Psychoanalysis

  • Lacan, “Kant with Sade” in Ecrits
  • Zupančič, “The Lie” in Ethics of the Real: Kant and Lacan

3/14 – The Four Discourses

  • Lacan, “The Master and the Hysteric” in Seminar XVII
  • Žižek, “Four Discourses, Four Subjects” in Sic 2: Cogito and the Unconscious

Find all Pdfs Here

Coming this spring: Get it?!: Philosophy and Humor

3 Responses to “Reading Group: Lacan on Feminine Sexuality”

  1. Robert Maddock February 29, 2016 at 1:16 am #

    What does Butler mean by the ‘comic’?

  2. Robert Maddock March 1, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    Don’t see Zupancic on list of pdfs

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