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Jacques’as Lacanas: feministinis įvadas
Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction

Author(s): Almira Zherebkina
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Lietuvos kultūros tyrimų
Keywords: Lacan; feminism; female subjectivity; female sexuality, desire; jouissance feminine.

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the role of the Lacanian psychoanalysis for the conceptualization of women’s subjectivity in feminist theory. Lacan’s positioning of sexuality at the centre of all models of social and psychic functioning of subjectivity has played a vital role for understanding subjectivity on the criterion of sexual difference in feminist theory and contemporary philosophical anthropology. At the same time, feminist theorists criticize Lacan for expelling the concept of women’s subject outside of social history and political reality. Moreover, in Lacan’s theory, the symbolic gender order and structure of women’s subjectivity are still dependent on the symbolic structure of the transcendental signifier that is represented by the concepts of the Other and of the phallus that guarantees the patriarchal hierarchy and the necessity of the hegemonic control of the father over the women’s subject. Therefore, feminist theorists defined the Lacanian theory of subjectivity and sexuality as phallocentrism, and the Lacanian interpretation of cultural values is linked with the traditional/patriarchal values of power.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 119-138
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Lithuanian