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Cultural Politics (1 March 2016) 12 (1): 66–82.
Published: 01 March 2016
... further my analysis of the pure experience of luxus, which exceeds any object that is always too base and objective to be truly luxurious, I seek to psychoanalyze Nero’s pursuit of the orgy of luxus through reference to Sigmund Freud’s discussion of Thanatos in his Beyond the Pleasure Principle . In that...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2015) 11 (3): 407–411.
Published: 01 November 2015
... parody”). Ultimately, for Foster, such “family friendly torture porn” or “apocotainment” is nothing but “televisual excrement” produced by and for a culture obsessed with death, not life, “dominated not by Eros, but by Thanatos . . . one of brutal fascistic pleasure, a culture at home with genocide, pain...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2005) 1 (3): 257–278.
Published: 01 November 2005
... primordial past of social evolution and the emergence of culture, Jung says, he continues to make his influence felt on the highest level of civilization. Trickster is the metaphorical figure in which elemental struggles of Eros and Thanatos (creative and destructive instincts), reason and passion, id and...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2017) 13 (1): 19–33.
Published: 01 March 2017
... with repetition as symptom of Thanatos. The arithmetic model of the universe in technological rationality is then structurally homologous with the formal properties of neoliberalism. Thus the more closely the data image approximates to pure abstraction, the more profoundly it becomes dependent on a...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2012) 8 (1): 1–43.
Published: 01 March 2012
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2016) 12 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2016
...) works not merely to unmask a bogus feeling of middle-class social status as congenial but also to raise questions concerning luxus and other kinds of sociocultural primacy associated with Thanatos, or the death drive. Drawing on the psychoanalytical and philosophical writings of Sigmund Freud ([1920...