2001: A Space Odyssey and Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory

  • Daniel Bristow

Part of the The Palgrave Lacan Series book series (PALS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  4. Cut
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 125-132

About this book


In 1968, Stanley Kubrick completed and released his magnum opus motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey; a time that was also tremendously important in the formation of the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan. Bringing these figures together, Bristow offers a study that goes beyond, as the film did. He extends Lacan’s late topological insights, delves into conceptualisations of desire, in G. W. F. Hegel, Alexandre Kojève, and Lacan himself, and deals with the major themes of cuts (filmic and psychoanalytic); space; silence; surreality; and ‘das Ding’, in relation to the movie’s enigmatic monolith. This book is a tour de force of psychoanalytic theory and space odyssey that will appeal to academics and practitioners of psychoanalysis and film studies, as well as to any fan of Kubrick’s work.


psychoanalytical cut film theory science fiction psychology Lacan the Thing Borromean links Freudian structures 2001: A Space Odyssey subjectivity epistemological cut Surrealism das Ding psychoanalysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel Bristow
    • 1
  1. 1.AndoverUnited Kingdom

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