Lacanian Perspectives on Blade Runner 2019

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About this book

This book provides a collection of Lacanian responses to Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 from leading theorists in the field.

Like Ridley Scott’s original Blade Runner film, its sequel is now poised to provoke philosophical and psychoanalytic arguments, and to provide illustrations and inspiration for questions of being and the self, for belief and knowledge, the human and the post-human, amongst others. This volume forms the vanguard of responses from a Lacanian perspective, satisfying the hunger to extend the theoretical considerations of the first film in the various new directions the second film invites. Here, the contributors revisit the implications of the human-replicant relationship but move beyond this to consider issues of ideology, politics, and spectatorship.

This exciting collection will appeal to an educated film going public, in addition to students and scholars of Lacanian psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic theory, cultural studies, film theory, philosophy and applied psychoanalysis.

About the Authors

Calum Neill is Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis & Cultural Theory at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, and Director of Lacan in Scotland. He has written a number of monographs, including Without Ground: Lacanian Ethics and the Assumption of Subjectivity (2011) and Jacques Lacan: The Basics (2017). He is the co-editor of both the Palgrave Lacan Series the three volume guide Reading Lacan’s Ecrits (2018-2021).

Table of Contents

1. From Voight-Kampff to Baseline Test
By Way of an Introduction
Calum Neill
2. Do Filminds Dream of Celluloid Sheep? Lacan, Filmosophy and Blade Runner 2049
Ben Tyrer
3. Blade Runner 2049
A View of Post-Human Capitalism
Slavoj Žižek
4. Between the Capitalist and the Cop
The Path of Revolution in Blade Runner 2049
Todd McGowan
5. ‘To Be Homesick with No Place to Go’
The Phantom of the Sinthome and the Joi of Sex
Daniel Bristow
6. Home Bodies
Prosthetic People and Economies of Desire
Timothy Richardson
7. Object Oriented Subjectivity
Capitalism and Desire in Blade Runner 2049
Matthew Flisfeder
8. What Happens When the Replicants Become Extimate? On the Uncanny Cut of the Capitalocene in Blade Runner 2049
Alexander Bove
9. In Anxious Anticipation of Our Imminent Obsolescence
Scott Contreras-Koterbay
10. “Before We Even Know What We Are, We Fear to Lose It”
The Missing Object of the Primal Scene
Isabel Millar
11.Women Between Worlds
A Psychoanalysis of Sex in Blade Runner 2049
Sheila Kunkle