The Concept of Jouissance and its Significance for the Humanities
What is jouissance? It is a drive for an extreme pleasure that surpasses the pain threshold and that also goes beyond the threat of death
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 1.
Article: Print (Spiral Bound), ISSN: ISSN 1447-9508,
Article: Electronic (PDF File; 283.508KB), ISSN: ISSN 1447-9559,
Maire Jaanus, Professor of English and Chair, Barnard College/Columbia University, is theauthor of Literature and Negation, Georg Trakl, She - a Novel, and the co-editor of Reading Seminar XI: Lacan's Four Fundamental Concepts (1995), Reading
Seminars I and II: Lacan's Return to Freud (1996) and of Lacan in the German-
Speaking World (2004). Most recently she has edited, with introduction and notes,
a new edition of Tolstoy's The Brothers Karamazov.
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