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Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 330–349 | Cite as

The act reconsidered: Actcidental Antigone and the new wounded

  • Louis Matheou
Original Article

Abstract

This paper defends a Lacanian reading of political subjectivity apropos trauma against Catherine Malabou’s neurobiological critique of psychoanalysis. Malabou claims that our political era is increasingly characterised by the new wounded – post-traumatic subjects who are clinically and theoretically beyond psychoanalysis. Through a retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone using a novel taxonomy of Lacan’s concept of the act, a new type of Lacanian subject is revealed that refutes Malabou to ensure the continuing relevance of the psychoanalytic lens on contemporary politics.

Keywords

Lacan act actcident Žižek Malabou 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial StudiesBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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