The Department of English Eberhard L. Faber Lecture: Orality and Sociality

03/04/2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
010 East Pyne, Princeton University
Leo Bersani, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley

Psychoanalysis as initiated by Freud has been the most exhaustive soma-analysis in the history of thought. It has made explicit the ways in which the body has been equipped, in the course of its evolution, to survive, both pleasurably and painfully, in what Freudian soma-analysis essentially sees as a warlike relation between the human subject and the world. I will be engaging in a speculative history of that relation from the "sensual sucking" of infancy, to the cruelty perhaps inherent in sexuality, to, finally, our negotiations with the real world of at once resistant and responsive objects - negotiations that constitute sociality.