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Contradictory Woolf$
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Derek Ryan and Stella Bolaki

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780983533955

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.001.0001

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Lacanian Orlando

Lacanian Orlando

Chapter:
(p.142) Lacanian Orlando
Source:
Contradictory Woolf
Author(s):

Katharine Swarbrick

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780983533955.003.0017

This chapter explores sexuality and desire through a Lacanian reading of Virginia Woolf's Orlando (1928) and Jacqueline Harpman's Orlanda (1996). It first discusses some key concepts associated with Jacques Lacan, particularly jouissance, which bears a close affinity with Woolf's literary representations of desire. The chapter considers what Orlando's enjoyment can tell us about psychoanalysis, the feminine, and the projects of Woolf in general. It refutes common misuses of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory and examines the reductive impulse to characterize masculine and feminine as phallic/not phallic, along withattempts to see the homosexual and heterosexual as pitted against each other. Finally, it discusses Woolf's literary anticipation and transposition of the logic of the feminine structure of sexuation proposed by Lacan.

Keywords:   sexuality, desire, Orlando, Jacqueline Harpman, Orlanda, Jacques Lacan, jouissance, psychoanalysis, sexuation

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