On the 6th of December, Professor Benjamin Noys from the University of Chichester will lead a workshop and present a lecture on the political dimensions of neurosis. The abstracts for these events follow below. Please contact Tom Bunyard at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place for the workshop, and to receive copies of the readings that will be discussed.
Happy Like Neurotics:
Roland Barthes, Ben Lerner and the Writing of Neurosis
6pm – 8pm, room 501, Dorset Place
Modernity was born under the sign of happiness in the claims to common happiness visible in the French and American Revolutions. This dimension of common happiness appears to have receded or been wrecked by the violent path of contemporary history. Here I attempt to rehabilitate the possibility of common happiness through the exploration of the work of Roland Barthes and of the contemporary poet and novelist Ben Lerner. In particular, we can reconstruct from their writing the possibility of neurosis as the means to access the problem of common happiness. While neurosis appears the classical and even banal sign of the blockage of happiness, the very minor status of neurosis can also indicate the contours of a possible experience of common happiness.
Benjamin Noys is Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Chichester. He is the author of Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction (2000), The Culture of Death (2005), The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Theory (2010), Malign Velocities: Accelerationism & Capitalism (2014), and editor of Communization and Its Discontents (2011).
Hosted by the CAPPE Critical Theory & Radical Politics Group