Erupt and Sever

Erupt and Sever, Oil, Oil-based household paint & card, By EC 2015
Erupt and Sever, Oil, Oil-based household paint & card, By EC 2015

“1) The Real. This concept marks the state of nature from which we have been forever severed by our entrance into language…Lacan sometimes represents this state of nature as a time of fullness or completeness that is subsequently lost through the entrance into language…As far as humans are concerned, however, “the real is impossible,” as Lacan was fond of saying. It is impossible in so far as we cannot express it in language because the very entrance into language marks our irrevocable separation from the real. Still, the real continues to exert its influence throughout our adult lives since it is the rock against which all our fantasies and linguistic structures ultimately fail. The real for example continues to erupt whenever we are made to acknowledge the materiality of our existence, an acknowledgement that is usually perceived as traumatic (since it threatens our very “reality”), although it also drives Lacan’s sense of jouissance. ” – https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/theory/psychoanalysis/lacanstructure.html

 

 

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