Call for Papers for the Special Issue on “The Refracted Subject and the Sublime Object of Psychoanalysis”

To be guest-edited by
Prof. Debashis Bandyopadhyay
Dept. of English, Vidyasagar University

The Theme

Sigmund Freud pointed out that human beings are subject of the Unconscious. They are scarcely capable of speaking or acting without unwittingly betraying the unconscious drives that they are supposed to repress. A psychoanalytic interpretation of semiotic and linguistic texts attempt to read that which the discourse betrays and at the same time purports to hide in the subject. Freudian psychoanalysis developed further in the hands of his French disciple Jacques Lacan, who discovered that language itself is structured like the unconscious. The subject’s psychic evolution from the Imaginary to the Symbolic is a projection of the libidinal cathexes into the framework of the Law of the Other. The subject’s discontent within the frame of the Freudian reality principle has its Lacanian counterpart in the Symbolic. Lacan categorizes the third order of psyche’s development as the Real and leaves it for his disciple Slavoj Zizek to elucidate in the recent years. The postmodern subject strives to disintegrate the big Other by creating an Other of the Other. Between the two Others in an act of disintegration the Real occurs momentously. In other words Real is the world before it is carved up by the Symbolic or the uncontainable excesses of the Symbolic that struggles to emancipate into the Real. At this state of mind the Symbolic is transcended to a consciousness of a horizontal cosmic space connected in terms of relationality. It is almost like a feeling of satori in Buddhist psychiatry. The discontent that issues due to the repressive conditions that inflect the subject, the violence of the Law, so to say, is compounded by the tendency to agressivity that the subject suffers during the Imaginary. A review of the development of the theory of psychoanalysis; its social and historical affect; and  psychoanalytic interpretation of texts in this line taking into cognizance the development of the subject from Freud to Lacan to Zizek, constitute the focus of this issue.

The following sub-themes can be of some help to the potential contributor:

  1. Relevance of psychoanalytic interpretation today: social, historical and therapeutic affect
  2. Pschopathology of violence: racial, political, sociological, sexual and otherwise
  3. Modes of psychosocial healing and well-being
  4. Psychoanalysis and postmodernism
  5. Psychoanalysis and social networking
  6. Psychoanalysis, cybernetics and trolling
  7. Religion and psychoanalysis
  8. Psychoanalysis and cultural texts
  9. Psychoanalysis and literature
  10. Psychoanalysis and ethics
  11. Psychoanalysis and digital humanities


Papers should be between ideally 3000-5000 words.
Book reviews should be between 1000-1200 words for single and/or double book reviews. Review articles should be above 2000 words with proper citations.

Style Sheet: APA

Submission: Follow the link to read the Submission Guidelines and submit at our new submission portal at

Submission Deadline: October 31st

Publication: December, 2017.

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