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Intimacies
Author: Leo Bersani

ISBN: 9780226043456
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 30 April 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 0.9
Description:
Two gifted and highly prolific intellectuals, Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips, here present a fascinating dialogue about the problems and possibilities of human intimacy. Their conversation takes as its point of departure psychoanalysis and its central importance to the modern imagination--though equally important is their shared sense that by misleading us about the importance of self-knowledge and the danger of narcissism, psychoanalysis has failed to realize its most exciting and innovative relational potential.
In pursuit of new forms of intimacy they take up a range of concerns across a variety of contexts. To test the hypothesis that the essence of the analytic exchange is intimate talk without sex, they compare Patrice Leconte's film about an accountant mistaken for a psychoanalyst, "Intimate Strangers," with Henry James's classic novella "The Beast in the Jungle." A discussion of the radical practice of barebacking--unprotected anal sex between gay men--delineates an intimacy that rejects the personal. Even serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and the Bush administration's war on terror enter the scene as the conversation turns to the way aggression thrills a...

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