A/Prof. Geoff Boucher

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Writing and Literature

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 1991
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English), University of Melbourne, 1999
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2003
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2008

Contact

Research interests

His research interests centre on Frankfurt School Critical Theory and Lacanian psychoanalysis. He is currently working on two projects one on the Lacanian theory of Slavoj iek and Renaissance drama, and the other on Habermasian philosophy and why literature matters.

* The Frankfurt School and Psychoanalysis
* The Frankfurt School and Literature
* Psychoanalysis and Social Theory
* Psychoanalysis and Literature
Renaissance Studies from a Psychoanalytic Perspective

Affiliations

Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy

Teaching interests

Geoff Boucher teaches literatary studies in the following units:

ALL374 Supernatural Literature
ALL375 Shakespeare
 

Professional activities

Academic referee for several professional journals

General editor, Thinking Politics series, Edinburgh University Press

Projects

Geoff's current research projects are:
* Analysing the Cultural Contribution of Fantasy Literature
* The Rationality of Literature--Third Generation Frankfurt School and Literature as Communication

Geoff is interested in supervising projects of the following types:

Honours
Projects that focus on the work of Slavoj Zizek and/or Jurgen Habermas
Analyses of contemporary fantasy literature, especially epic fantasy
Shakespeare and other Renaissance drama (Marlowe, Webster pref.)

PhD
Critical interrogations of contemporary Lacanian theory especially the questions of (1) post-Oedipal society (2) the literary sinthome and late Lacan (3) psychoanalysis and politics
Applications of Habermasian approaches to literature to contemporary literature or theoretical explorations of Habermas and literature, including reconstructions of first generation Frankfurt positions
Zizek and literature


Other projects would need to be thoroughly discussed in advance of any application; please look at my publications below for general indications

Publications

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2017

Shakespeare after ?i?ek : social antagonism and ideological exclusion in The Merchant of Venice

G Boucher

(2017), pp. 249-281, Everything you always wanted to know about literature but were afraid to ask ?i?ek, Durham, N.C., B1

chapter

Ultimate questions: Habermas on philosophy and religion

G Boucher

(2017), Vol. 41, pp. 50-62, Philosophical inquiry, Charlottesville, Va., C1

journal

Reflections on the Distinction between the Politics of Antagonism and the Logic of Hostility

G Boucher

(2017), pp. 119-141, Party, State, Revolution: Critical Reflections on Zizek's Political Philosophy, Baden-Baden, B1

chapter
2016

Psychoanalysis and tragicomedy: measure for measure after Zizek's Lacanian dialectics

G Boucher

(2016), pp. 156-183, Lacan, psychoanalysis and comedy, Cambridge, Eng., B1

chapter

A critique of the political theology of Slavoj Zizek

G Boucher

(2016), pp. 1-24, Religion and Political Thought, Leiden, The Netherlands, B1

chapter

A Jamesonian theory of theological practice: a critical response to the work of Roland Boer

G Boucher

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 179-189, Critical research on religion, London, Eng., C1

journal

An ideological conception of politics- critique of Zizek on political theology

G Boucher

(2016), Vol. 44, pp. 451-463, Critique: journal of socialist theory, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal
2015

The other Kureishi: a psychoanalytic reading of something to tell you

G Boucher

(2015), pp. 99-113, Hanif Kureishi, London, Eng., B1

chapter

'A cataclysm of truth from the crisis of falsehood': reading Habermas on Calvino

G Boucher

(2015), pp. 22-37, Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy, [Melbourne, Vic.], C1

journal
2014

The Lacanian Performative: Austin after Zizek

G Boucher

(2014), pp. 13-32, Zizek and performance, Basingstoke, Eng., B1

chapter
2012

Adorno reframed

G Boucher

(2012), London, England, A1

book

Understanding Marxism

G Boucher

(2012), Chesham, England, A1

book
2011

Financial crisis, Social pathologies and 'generalised perversion' : questioning Zizek's diagnosis of the times

G Boucher, M Sharpe

(2011), Vol. 72, pp. 64-79, New formations : a journal of culture / theory / politics, London, England, C1

journal

The politics of aesthetic affect - a reconstruction of Habermas' art theory

G Boucher

(2011), pp. 62-78, Parrhesia, Parkville. Vic., C1

journal

The compositor of the farce of dustiny : Lacan reading, and being read by, Joyce

G Boucher

(2011), pp. 99-118, Analysis, Carlton South, Vic, C1

journal
2010

Zizek's communism and in defence of lost causes

M Sharpe, G Boucher

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. np-, International journal of Zizek studies, Leeds, England, C1

journal

Zizek and politics : a critical introduction

M Sharpe, G Boucher

(2010), Edinburgh, Scotland, A1

book

An inversion of radical democracy : the republic of virtue in Zizek's revolutionary politics

G Boucher

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. 1-25, International journal of Zizek studies, Leeds, England, C1

journal

Enjoyment as an aesthetic factor : the specificity of the aesthetic in late marxism

G Boucher

(2010), Vol. 16, pp. 29-44, Parallax, Oxon, England, C1

journal
2008

The times will suit them : postmodern conservatism in Australia

G Boucher, M Sharpe

(2008), Crows Nest, N. S. W., A1

book

The charmed circle of ideology : a critique of Laclau and Mouffe, Butler and Zizek

G Boucher

(2008), Seddon, Vic, A1

book
2007

Postmodern conservatism and reactionary recognition

A Vandenberg, M Sharpe, G Boucher

(2007), pp. 116-134, Recognition in politics: theory, policy and practice, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, B1

chapter

From the desire for recognition to a politics of resistance

G Boucher

(2007), pp. 50-64, Recognition in politics : theory, policy and practice, Newcastle, England, B1

chapter

Against political theology

G Boucher

(2007), pp. 267-281, Trauma, history, philosophy : with feature essays, Newcastle, England, B1

chapter
2006

Bureaucratic speech acts and the university discourse: Lacan`s theory of modernity

G Boucher

(2006), pp. 274-291, Jacques Lacan and the other side of psychoanalysis : reflections on Seminar XVII, Durham, N.C., B1

chapter

The politics of performativity : a critique of Judith Butler

G Boucher

(2006), Vol. 1, pp. 112-141, Parrhesia : a journal of critical philosophy, Parkville, Vic., C1

journal
2005

Introduction: traversing the fantasy

G Boucher, M Sharpe

(2005), pp. 1-, Traversing the fantasy: critical responses to Slavoj Zizek, Aldershot, England, B1

chapter

The law as a thing: Zizek and the graph of desire

G Boucher

(2005), pp. 23-44, Traversing the fantasy : critical responses to Slavoj Zizek, Alershot, England, B1

chapter

One hand clapping: the phoneme and the nothing

G Boucher

(2005), Vol. 26, pp. 83-93, Filozofski vestnik, Ljubljana, Slovenia, C1

journal

The logical status of Lacan`s 'Formulae of Sexuation'

G Boucher

(2005), pp. 114-143, Letter: Lacanian perspectives on psychoanalysis, Dublin, Ireland, C1

journal
2004

Judith Butler's postmodern existentialism : a critical analysis

G Boucher

(2004), Vol. 48, pp. 355-369, Philosophy today, Celina, Oh., C1-1

journal

Antinomies of Slavoj Zizek

G Boucher

(2004), pp. 151-172, Telos : a quarterly journal of critical thoughts, [New York, N.Y.], C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Mitchell David Cunningham

Thesis entitled: Performing the ¿Fiction-Writer¿s Reader¿: David Foster Wallace and Critical Rhetoric

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2015

Ilona Urquhart

Thesis entitled: Diabolical Literature: Questioning the Morality of Modernism

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2011

Amy Antonio

Thesis entitled: Fatal Women in Renaissance Tragedy, 1550-1650

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Executive Supervisor
2016

Paul Belanger

Thesis entitled: The Utopian (R)evolution

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Associate Supervisor
2016

Adrienne Margarian

Thesis entitled: A Cross Cultural Study of Somatic Countertransference

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2015

Salvatore Guido

Thesis entitled: After Freud: The Fateful History of Psychoanalysis in Exile

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Leslie Hartley

Thesis entitled: When Fathers Murder Sons: Male Melancholy in Dostoyevsky, Mailer and Murakami

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2014

Daniel Jeffrey Edward Townsend

Thesis entitled: Leo Strauss and Islam

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Paul Venzo

Thesis entitled: Achipelago: a journey across poetic islands of the self

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2013

Daniel Tom Baker

Thesis entitled: Exploring the fantastic: new critical frameworks in an evolving genre

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Robert Bruce Thomson

Thesis entitled: Sir Walter Scott in the Western District: 1836 - 1851

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Adelle Louise Barry

Thesis entitled: Polities and poetics: a ¿place¿ for reconciliation

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2012

Jonathon Redmond

Thesis entitled: Elementary phenomena, body disturbances & symptom formation in ordinary psychosis

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

2011

Tim Themi

Thesis entitled: Lacan's Ethics and Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism

Doctor of Philosophy, School of International and Political Studies

Alyson Miller

Thesis entitled: Scandalous Texts: The Anxieties of the Literary

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts

2009

Scott William Tyndale Rawlings

Thesis entitled: Literature and Environmental Ethics: A Dissensual Ecosophy

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication & Creative Arts