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Book Review: Testo Junkie (Beatriz Preciado)

I have a book review of Beatriz Preciado’s Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics in the Pharmacopornographic Era in the next issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Here is a digital version to peruse–be sure to read the whole issue … Continue reading

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Core Gender Identity: The Transgender Child and the Inversion of Freud

At the Special Collections of the UCLA Charles E. Young Library I recently had the chance to examine the Robert J. Stoller collection, comprising the papers of the psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who helped steer the UCLA Gender Identity Research Clinic … Continue reading

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What are Little Kids Made of, in Theory?

Over the past six weeks of this serial essay I have taken up what I consider to be some of the most important conceptual frameworks through which to think the generation of children, particularly in relation to their adult others.  … Continue reading

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Born of the Interval: Irigaray’s Ethics of Difference

Text Abbreviations: IBSW: In The Beginning, She Was KW: Luce Irigaray: Key Writings TBT: To Be Two WL: The Way of Love Introduction Luce Irigaray’s work has, unfairly, been rather willfully read stateside, resulting in her frequent dismissal as an … Continue reading

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Masturbation and Pedagogization: Foucault’s Genealogy of Child Sexuality

I hope the suggestion of yet another pronouncement on Foucault’s History of Sexuality isn’t too allergic of a notion to you, reader (but don’t worry: I’m not limiting myself to that text in isolation anyways).  I think this post makes … Continue reading

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Child Sexuality as Mistranslation of the Parental Unconscious: Laplanche’s “Identification-by”

This week’s installment is lengthy, but necessarily so.  I promise your patience in reading it will be rewarded. Introduction Jean Laplanche’s most recently translated collection of work, Freud and the Sexual (2011), follows nicely my detailing last week of a critique … Continue reading

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Love, Not Actually

Surprise: the end of semester has signaled a return to reading psychoanalysis (isn’t it the perpetual return?) and in particular a return to the problem of thinking love.  I’ve been reading across texts authored both by practitioners and theorists of … Continue reading

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What about Psychoanalysis as a Theory of the Child?

I admittedly reserve my staunchest theoretical ambivalence for psychoanalysis and depth psychology.  Though it is simple enough to note that the psychoanalytic moment in critical theory and the humanities is largely over, as a scholar interested in children and childhood … Continue reading

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