English 1022E Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Jacques Lacan

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Lacan: desire is the desire of the other. Desire is never really in you, always external to you. Something becomes desirable because other people desired it. The economy of trends: even when you get what you desire, you shit your focus onto something else, desire is always, endlessly out of reach, desire is the perfect seducion because it never ends. Others tell you what to buy, dictate your tastes. What do the poets desires reveal about them: understanding our desires is one way of coming to understand ourselves. Nietzsche: it is our needs that interpret the world, if you know your needs and understand your desires, you will understand the world, desires get much more interesing when you involve other people, when they"re dark. Shakespeare"s sonnets think of them as an argument: rhyming couplet at the end is like a concluding sentence. Many of shakespeare"s sonnets were about love and desire.

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