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Lacan in Public

Psychoanalysis and the Science of Rhetoric

Christian Lundberg (author)

ISBN: 9780817359201

Publication Date: Mar 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Argues that Lacan's contributions to the theory of rhetoric are substantial and revolutionary and that rhetoric is, in fact, the central concern of Lacan's entire body of work. Lacan's conception of rhetoric, Christian Lundberg argues in Lacan in Public, upsets and extends the received wisdom of American rhetorical studies.
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Lacan in Public argues that Lacan's contributions to the theory of rhetoric are substantial and revolutionary and that rhetoric is, in fact, the central concern of Lacan's entire body of work.

Scholars typically cite Jacques Lacan as a thinker primarily concerned with issues of desire, affect, politics, and pleasure. And though Lacan explicitly contends with some of the pivotal thinkers in the field of rhetoric, rhetoricians have been hesitant to embrace the French thinker both because his writing is difficult and because Lacan's conception of rhetoric runs counter to the American traditions of rhetoric in composition and communication studies.

Lacan's conception of rhetoric, Christian Lundberg argues in Lacan in Public, upsets and extends the received wisdom of American rhetorical studies–that rhetoric is a science, rather than an art; that rhetoric is predicated not on the reciprocal exchange of meanings, but rather on the impossibility of such an exchange; and that rhetoric never achieves a correspondence with the real-world circumstances it attempts to describe.

As Lundberg shows, Lacan's work speaks directly to conversations at the center of current rhetorical scholarship, including debates regarding the nature of the public and public discourses, the materiality of rhetoric and agency, and the contours of a theory of persuasion.

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Lundberg's argument that Lacan offers a potentially transformative theory of rhetoric is thoroughly convincing, as is his adroit reconstruction of this theory. No doubt reframing rhetorical inquiry along the lines proposed by the book promises to yield vital new insights and to spur rewarding new interpretive strategies and research trajectories." - Philosophy and Rhetoric

"Lacan in Public makes an argument that is original and powerful, both because it newly illuminates many of Lacan's texts and because it helps firmly move rhetorical theory and criticism in a psychoanalytic direction–a direction in which it has been leaning for some time and for which there is growing enthusiasm. In fact, I believe that this book has the potential to be the 'go-to book on rhetoric and Lacanian theory' for novices and seasoned scholars alike working in rhetorical studies, cultural studies, and political theory." - Barbara A. Biesecker, author of Addressing Postmodernity: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and a Theory of Social Change

"Lacan in Public is a remarkably insightful and provocative book. Lundberg's rigorous and richly detailed arguments will be of interest not only to rhetoric and communication scholars, but to any serious student of the humanities. Without question, Lacan in Public is the definitive study of the rhetorical theory both explicit and implied in Lacan's body of thought. This striking achievement is the benchmark against which all future studies of Lacan's rhetorical theory will be compared." - Joshua Gunn, associate professor of Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Modern Occult Rhetoric: Mass Media and the Drama of Secrecy in the Twentieth Century
Illustrations 10 black & white figures
Pages 248
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2018
Publisher The University of Alabama Press
Series Alabama Rhetoric Culture and Social Critique Series
Subject/s Psychology   Public speaking guides   Communication studies   Self-help & personal development   Discourse analysis  
Christian Lundberg is an associate professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His articles have appeared in Cultural Studies, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Pre/Text, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

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