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The Good Intense "Loves" the Bad Intense: Intensity and the Death Drive

Dejan Durić, Željka Matijašević
2019 [sic]  
The article analyzes the concept of intensity promoted in late capitalism, and its difference from the teleological intensity of the countercultural sixties. Intensity is approached through psychoanalytic lenses as related to Freud's drive theory, and to Lacan's concept of jouissance. Counter-depressive intensity persists today devoid of any meaning, as it is a self-legitimating strategy of the most perfect and best conformed capitalist subject. The notion of the culture of intensity covers the
more » ... ntensity covers the natural privileging of late capitalism towards 'the good intense.' This paper analyzes its reverse: 'the bad intense,' and the tragedy of dysphoria. The movie Shame (2011), directed by Steve McQueen, is interpreted as an example of the transformation of the countercultural value of sexuality in the sixties to its mere reduction to both intense and numbing experience. The true object of jouissance -if that word means anything -is death. The quest is not, as some say, for "some pleasure"; the quest is more precisely for the verification of the colour of emptiness. (Eric Laurent)
doi:10.15291/sic/2.9.lc.1 fatcat:sh6jirpwffc53m5yabmuwtc56y