Dr Geoff Boucher

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Head Of School (Research)

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 Žižek : social antagonism and ideological exclusion in The Merchant of Venice

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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2016

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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Freud and critical theory

Dr Geoff Boucher

(2016), pp. 1-16, Edinburgh companion to critical theory, Edinburgh, Sco., B1

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A critique of the political theology of Slavoj Zizek

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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2015

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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2014

The Lacanian Performative: Austin after Zizek

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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2012

Adorno reframed

Dr Geoff Boucher

(2012), London, England, A1

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Understanding Marxism

Dr Geoff Boucher

(2012), Chesham, England, A1

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2011

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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

Dr Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

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

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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2010

Zizek's communism and in defence of lost causes

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Dr Geoff Boucher

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. 1-7, International journal of Zizek studies, Leeds, England, C1

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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Zizek and politics : a critical introduction

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Dr Geoff Boucher

(2010), Edinburgh, Scotland, A1

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2008

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

(2008), Seddon, Vic, A1

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The times will suit them : postmodern conservatism in Australia

Dr Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

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

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2007

Postmodern conservatism and reactionary recognition

Dr Andrew Vandenberg, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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From the desire for recognition to a politics of resistance

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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Against political theology

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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2006

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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The politics of performativity : a critique of Judith Butler

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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2005

One hand clapping: the phoneme and the nothing

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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Introduction: traversing the fantasy

Dr Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

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

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2004

Judith Butler's postmodern existentialism : a critical analysis

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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Antinomies of Slavoj Zizek

Dr Geoff Boucher

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

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