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    What lurks beneath: the erotic charge of the Laplanchean unconscious and the digital object

    Tugwell, Sharon (2021) What lurks beneath: the erotic charge of the Laplanchean unconscious and the digital object. Psychoanalysis Culture and Society 26 , pp. 165-180. ISSN 1088-0763.

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    Abstract

    This paper takes a feminist approach to rethinking the significance of user-device interaction, attachments and dependency. It suggests that Jean Laplanche’s resignificantion of ‘seduction’, the function of the ‘enigmatic message’, and reconfiguration of sexuality as a ‘charge and tension’, are particularly useful for theorising the relationship that smartphones, as digital objects, have to unconscious sexuality and psychic life. The paper suggests that the draw of user-device interactions is connected to the rhythms of unconscious sexuality and that this opens up the space for thinking beyond subject-object dichotomies and ultimately offers hope for a shift in the cultural imaginary.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Jean Laplanche, smartphones, unconscious sexuality, psychic object, seduction
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Sharon Tugwell
    Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2020 12:18
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 18:17
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/32781

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