'Peace at last': Subjective destitution and the end of analysis in Peaky Blinders

BLACK, Jack (2022). 'Peace at last': Subjective destitution and the end of analysis in Peaky Blinders. LACK.

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There is much hope, according to Slavoj Žižek, in fictional characters, such as, Hannibal Lecter. Here, the heinous crimes of a serial killer, fuelled by the predilection for consuming his victims, reveals a public fascination that ‘bears witness to a deep longing for a Lacanian psychoanalyst’; or, as Žižek adds, “a desperate, ultimately failed attempt of the popular imagination to represent to itself the idea of a Lacanian analyst” (1993, 48). Indeed, for Lacan (2004), the act of analysis, and the efforts of the Lacanian analyst, is where the very kernel of the analysand’s being—the objet petit a—is laid bare. In so doing, the subject’s ontological consistency, that which makes the subject a subject, is, much like Lecter, the very “‘stuff’ that the analyst … ‘swallows’” (Žižek 1993, 48). Certainly, while Žižek’s interpretation of Lecter reveals a public fascination for the process of analysis, today we can ask whether such forms of analysis produce the very radicality they seek to achieve? With the widely recited demise in symbolic efficiency, can fictional characters and popular media forms succeed in portraying the radicality that Lacan attributes to the analyst?

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group; Humanities Research Centre; Sport Industry Research Centre; Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 13:19
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 11:03
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30364

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