Feminist Theory Reading Group

February 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

Discussing Women, Psychoanalysis, and the Question of Sexual Difference
Meets on select Tuesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Cathedral of Learning room 527

The Feminist Theory Reading Group is an ongoing discussion group that meets regularly twice a month during the academic year to talk about significant works of feminist theory, including both old and new, “classic” and “emerging” texts and authors. The group is open to anyone with an interest in feminist theory and its related contemporary discourse(s). There are no requirements or conditions for participation; members are free to come and go as they wish.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, we will discuss a work by the eminent French feminist and psychoanalyst, Colette Soler, What Lacan Said About Women: A Psychoanalytic Study (2003). PDF copies of all the readings are available at this link (https://pitt.box.com/FeministTheory) or upon request (email: wdscott@pitt.edu).

[Editors’ note on What Lacan Said About Women: A Psychoanalytic Study, by Colette Soler]

With exquisite prose and penetrating insights, Colette Soler shares her theoretical and clinical expertise in this vibrant new text. She spins out seductive explications of Lacan’s thought on the controversial question of sexual difference. With the subtlety that these topics deserve, she takes up Lacan’s conception of woman and her relation to masochism, femininity and hysteria, love and death, and the impossible sexual relation. Following more than the usual suspects, What Lacan Said About Women also explores the mother’s place in the unconscious, how Lacan understands depression, and why depressives feel unloved. Soler’s analysis examines the cultural implications of the texts that Lacan produced from the 1950s to the 1970s, such as the effects of science on contemporary conceptions of the feminine. She gracefully bridges the gap still left open between psychoanalysis and cultural studies. Winner of the Prix Psyché for the best work published in the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis in 2003, this book will appeal to cultural critics, especially those in gender and women’s studies, as well as to anyone involved in contemporary theory or clinical practice. This study will transform novices within the field of Lacanian theory into informed thinkers and it will substantially supplement and refine the knowledge of Lacanian veterans.

Location and Address

Cathedral of Learning, room 527

Schedule of Events

"Because of Jouissances"
February 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

(Soler, pp. 227-244)

"Separation Symptom"
March 7, 2017 - 4:00pm

(Soler, pp. 247-268)

"Ends...of Love," "Conclusion"
March 21, 2017 - 4:00pm

(Soler, pp. 269-292)

"Appendix: The Difference between the Sexes in Analysis"
April 4, 2017 - 4:00pm

(Soler, pp. 295-310)