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Discussion of the central role racism plays in the psychical and economic distribution of enjoyment by the author of Universality and Identity Politics.
Racist fantasy plays a foundational role in contemporary capitalist society as a system of erotic distribution. It operates by making the excessive figure of the racial other into a site of illicit enjoyment, at once appearing as a noisome obstacle to the racist's freedom-to-enjoy and an avenue to envision disavowed enjoyment.
In this talk, McGowan, a foremost theorist of Jacques Lacan and G.W.F. Hegel, will argue for the enduring relevance of the psychoanalytic logic of fantasy for antiracist critical practice.
Todd McGowan is Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Vermont. He has published over a dozen books on philosophy, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, political theory and contemporary film including, most recently, Universality and Identity Politics (2020), Emancipation After Hegel: Achieving a Contradictory Revolution (2019), Only a Joke Can Save Us: A Theory of Comedy (2017), and Capitalism and Desire:The Psychic Cost of Free Markets (2016).
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.