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Oedipus: The Most Crucial Concept in Psychoanalysis
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher State Univ of New York Pr
Publication date July 2, 2011
Pages 109
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781438433608
ISBN-10 1438433603
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 9 in.
Weight 0.42 lbs.
Original list price $25.95
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: First English translation of Nasio’s groundbreaking work on the Oedipus complex.

In this long-awaited book, Juan-David Nasio, one of France’s leading Lacanian psychoanalysts, argues that the Oedipus complex represents the core of psychoanalysis as well as the fundamental constitution of the human being. Defying contemporary claims of an alleged “death of psychoanalysis,” and in contrast with recent attempts to minimize the relevance of Oedipus for the psyche, Nasio approaches Oedipus as a legend that helps to make sense of the origins of sexual identity and neurotic suffering. Nasio makes the provocative claim that the entirety of the psychoanalytical corpus, all of its concepts, including repression, sublimation, the theory of the drives, desire, as well as the phantasm of the phallus and castration anxiety, revolves around the idea that the child desires the parents. However, insofar as such desire is bound to be contradicted, frustrated, and repressed, Nasio redefines psychoanalysis in light of Oedipus as a discipline concerned with the very limits of human desire.

Included in Oedipus is a fascinating interview with Nasio, which was conducted by the translators for this book.

“…Nasio advances the argument that the Oedipus complex remains at the center of psychoanalysis—indeed, that without it there can be no psychoanalysis.” — PsycCRITIQUES

“…Nasio has written a splendid, erudite, and concise volume on what is arguably the central concept in psychoanalysis—the Oedipus complex … A welcome addition to and clarification of the significant body of work on sexual identity, this volume will be valuable across the social sciences and humanities, and appreciated for its clarity, concision, and relevance … Highly recommended.” — CHOICE

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With Juan-David Nasio, David Pettigrew (other contributor) | from State Univ of New York Pr (July 2, 2011)
9781438433608 | details & prices | 109 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.42 lbs | List price $25.95
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