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Beyond Sexuality

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Beyond Sexuality points contemporary sexual politics in a radically new direction. Combining a psychoanalytic emphasis on the unconscious with a deep respect for the historical variability of sexual identities, this original work of queer theory makes the case for viewing erotic desire as fundamentally impersonal. Tim Dean develops a reading of Jacques Lacan that—rather th ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by University Of Chicago Press
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In Beyond Sexuality (2002), Tim Dean "attempts to develop the category of the real in light of queer theory" (19) in order to to question the "intransigent, systemic assumption that sex confers the principal guarantee of subjective truth" and detach sex and desire from personhood (21).

According to Dean's reading of Lacan, desire is insatiable, distinct from biology (47). He theorizes the real as what is at the limits of the symbolic order (50), as something that "can be inferred from trauma" (51
Jan 14, 2008 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: queer theorists and folks into psychoanalysis.
Shelves: psychoanalysis
Tim Dean provides a remarkable cogent and coherent introduction to Lacanian psychoanalysis, and makes some pretty stunning arguments about queer theory and activism. In my reading group on Lacanian psychoanalysis, we recently read his chapter entitled "How to Read Lacan". I was quite impressed with this book, and would recommend it for anyone interested in high (aka frenchified) gender theory, or anyone getting into Lacan and psychoanalytic theory.

Unfortunately, however, there are some serious d
It's hard for me to summon a book that infuriated me more. If one were a pseudo-Lacanian (that is, the sort of person who gleefully revels in pointless infantile perversity), perhaps that might serve to recommend it.

But if you, like me, find the self-congratulatory and treacherous "naughtiness" of Dean's arguments (particularly those about race and trans identity) both intellectually laughable and politically pernicious, you would perhaps do well to stay away.
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Tim Dean joined the University Buffalo faculty in 2002, after several years teaching at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and University of Washington (Seattle). A former British civil servant, he was educated at University of East Anglia (BA in American Studies), Brandeis University (junior year abroad), and Johns Hopkins University (MA and PhD).
He wrote an undergraduate dissertation on G
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