Desire: Subject, Sexuation, and Love

Have you ever wondered what makes you wake up in the morning? Why not just lay down, stay, and eventually disappear? What is the wanting, the energy, and the grace of liveliness? Desire is at the core of liveliness, and this book explains why it is so. Desire is much more than a mere appendix to love, sex, or our craving to have the latest fashion item. It is what allows the most personal and unique expression of each of us.

Desire: Subject, Sexuation, and Love is a work of gratitude to the Lacanian tradition and feminist philosophy. It creatively uses the story of “The Little Mermaid” by H.C. Andersen, art, and popular culture to explain the complex landscape of desire and its relation to love and sexuation. Much of the criticism toward psychoanalysis from gender studies and poststructuralism is based on a superficial reading of Jacques Lacan. Desire: Subject, Sexuation, and Love provides a rigorous and clear analysis of Lacanian subjectification and sexuation, elucidating their relationship to the nature of desire and love, and contributing to modify simplistic and erroneous interpretations.

This book is essayistic and poetic philosophy. Ana María Munar plays with genres and uses psychoanalysis, philosophy, literature, biography, poetry, and art. As the reader enters the second part of the book, the focus on Lacanian theory recedes, creating a space that is more paradoxical and multiple. Such experimentation opens the text and its possible associations and interpretations. Munar applies creative form as an expression of critique, transforming the understanding of desire and love.