Lacan after Žižek: Self-Reflexivity in the Automodern Enjoyment of Psychoanalysis

Robert Samuels
Lacanians. In fact, one could argue that virtually no one reads Lacan anymore and that this lack of reading "the original" is indicative of our secondary symbolic culture where most people rely on the pre-reading of original works. Thus, in order to save time and deal with the constant proliferation of new theories and texts which demand our attention, academic thinkers and writers depend on the paraphrased interpretations of original texts that the secondary readers may not have even read
more » ... have even read themselves. One of the results of this process is that the production of symbolic knowledge is cut off from traditional and modern notions of authorship and authority. Yet, with Žižek, we do indeed find an insightful and creative attempt to read Lacan and respond to his original texts. In fact, Žižek is quite astute at pointing out the diverse ways contemporary critics have misread Lacan; however, I will argue that Žižek's post-Lacanian critique of contemporary culture stays within the logic of the discourse of the university and often functions to repress psychoanalysis and the unconscious.