AsPr 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

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

A/Prof 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

chapter
2016

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

chapter

A critique of the political theology of Slavoj Zizek

A/Prof Geoff 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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal
2015

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

chapter
2014

The Lacanian Performative: Austin after Zizek

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

chapter
2012

Adorno reframed

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

(2012), London, England, A1

book

Understanding Marxism

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

(2012), Chesham, England, A1

book
2011

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew 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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal
2010

Zizek's communism and in defence of lost causes

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal

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

A/Prof Geoff 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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal

Zizek and politics : a critical introduction

A/Prof Matthew Sharpe, A/Prof Geoff Boucher

(2010), Edinburgh, Scotland, A1

book
2008

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

(2008), Seddon, Vic, A1

book

The times will suit them : postmodern conservatism in Australia

A/Prof Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

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

book
2007

Postmodern conservatism and reactionary recognition

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

chapter

Against political theology

A/Prof Geoff 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

A/Prof Geoff 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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal
2005

One hand clapping: the phoneme and the nothing

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal

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

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

chapter

Introduction: traversing the fantasy

A/Prof Geoff Boucher, A/Prof Matthew Sharpe

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

chapter
2004

Judith Butler's postmodern existentialism : a critical analysis

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal

Antinomies of Slavoj Zizek

A/Prof Geoff Boucher

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

journal

Grants

No grants 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