Wednesday, May 10, 2023

28th Series of Sexuality

This series continues the dynamic genesis looking at infant psychology in the first year of life. Sexuality is Melanie Klein's third position after the paranoid/schizoid position of the depths and the manic-depressive position of the heights. The sexual position produces the surface, the meeting place of bodies and language. The sexual position gets formed by libidinal energy getting freed from the two drives of conservation and destruction in the depths of bodies and having that energy projected onto an erogenous zone on the surface. The phallus - a projected "image", not the organ, unites the various erogenous zones to produce the surface. Deleuze also compares the coordination of the erogenous zones with Lacan's mirror stage.  

He closes this series with by beginning a discussion of the Oedipus Complex which continues in Series 29. Oedipus brings up the fragmented bad penis of the depths to unite with the whole good penis of the heights on the surface. Thus "Oedipus is a pacifying hero of the Herculean type." 

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