Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer

Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer

Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer

Sacrifice Your Love: Psychoanalysis, Historicism, Chaucer

Synopsis

Sacrifice Your Love develops the idea that sacrifice is a mode of enjoyment - that our willingness to sacrifice is actually a way of pursuing it.

Excerpt

I am what is lacking in you; with my
devotion to you, with my sacrifice for you,
I will fill you out, I will complete you
.”

—Slavoj Žižek,
ventriloquizing an unnamed spirit

[A]n object, insofar as it is a created object,
may fill the function that enables it not to
avoid the thing as signifier, but to represent it
.

—Jacques Lacan

Sublimate as much as you like; you have to
pay for it with something. And this some
thing is called
jouissance. I have to pay for
that mystical operation with a pound of flesh.
That’s the object, the good, that one pays for
the satisfaction of one’s desire…. It is, in ef
fect, there that the religious operation lies…
.
That good which is sacrificed for desire—
and you will note that that means the same
thing as that desire which is lost for the
good—that pound of flesh is precisely the
thing that religion undertakes to recuperate
.

—Jacques Lacan

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