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Lacan and the Limits of Language$
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Charles Shepherdson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227662

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227662.001.0001

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Emotion, Affect, Drive

Emotion, Affect, Drive

(p.81) Chapter 3 Emotion, Affect, Drive
Lacan and the Limits of Language

Charles Shepherdson

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers how the concept of affect, far from being neglected by Lacan, bore very directly on his concept of jouissance. The problem is enormously complex because Lacan appears at some points to say that anxiety is the only affect and that, indeed, anxiety is not an “emotion,” which would seem to have a clearer symbolic orientation. The question of affect in Chapter 2, and of the aesthetic effect of tragedy on our emotions (especially “pity” and “fear”), is in some sense continued in the chapter, which turns briefly from Antigone to Hamlet for guidance.

Keywords:   Jacques Lacan, Freud, jouissance, voice, grief, melancholia, affect, anxiety

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