Lacan at the Scene

Lacan at the Scene

Lacan at the Scene

by Mark Fisher

 

Lacan at the Scene by Mark Fisher

Lacan at the Scene

A Lacanian approach to murder scene investigation.

What if Jacques Lacan-the brilliant and eccentric Parisian psychoanalyst-had worked as a police detective, applying his theories to solve crimes? This may conjure up a mental film clip starring Peter Sellers in a trench coat, but in Lacan at the Scene, Henry Bond makes a serious and provocative claim: that apparently impenetrable events of violent death can be more effectively unraveled with Lacan's theory of psychoanalysis than with elaborate, technologically advanced forensic tools. Bond's exposition on murder expands and develops a resolutely Zizekian approach. Seeking out radical and unexpected readings, Bond unpacks his material utilizing Lacan's neurosis-psychosis-perversion grid.

Bond places Lacan at the crime scene and builds his argument through a series of archival crime scene photographs from the 1950s-the period when Lacan was developing his influential theories. It is not the horror of the ravished and mutilated corpses that draws his attention; instead, he interrogates seemingly minor details from the everyday, isolating and rephotographing what at first seems insignificant: a single high heeled shoe on a kitchen table, for example, or carefully folded clothes placed over a chair. From these mundane details he carefully builds a robust and comprehensive manual for Lacanian crime investigation that can stand beside the FBI's standard-issue Crime Classification Manual.

Lacan at the Scene
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 178 x 229 x 19mm | 617g
  • Publication date: 15 Oct 2012
  • Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
  • Imprint: MIT Press
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass., United States
  • Language: English
  • Edition Statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 79 b&w photos; 158 Illustrations, unspecified
  • ISBN10: 0262518082
  • ISBN13: 9780262518086
  • Bestsellers rank: 662,981
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