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Dr Geoffrey Boucher

Dr Geoffrey Boucher

Position: Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and Psychoanalytic Studies
Phone: +61 3 522 72689
Campus: G


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Researcher output profile for Dr Geoffrey Boucher

Brief Biography

Geoff Boucher works across continental philosophy, social theory and literary studies to investigate the constructive role of cultural innovation, especially in literary works, in the public sphere and in the cultural underpinning of democratic politics. His work includes research into psychoanalytic theory, particularly Lacanian psychoanalysis, and critical theories of society developed by the Frankfurt School and its associates. He is also an expert on the work of internationally celebrated philosopher Slavoj Zizek, and has engaged in debate in printed form with Zizek on several occasions. Finally, he is a general editor of the Edinburgh University Press series Thinking Politics.

Geoff'd work centres on the connections between subjectivity, culture and politics, especially in a post-Marxist framework. His books from 2008 involved an intervention into the interpretation of recent Australian political history, The Times Will Suit Them - ¬ĚPostmodern Conservatism in Australia (with Matthew Sharpe) (Allen & Unwin) and The Charmed Circle of Ideology (Re-Press), an analysis of post-Marxism. In 2010, he published Zizek and Politics (with Matthew Sharpe) (EUP) and acted as editor of a special edition of the International Journal of Zizek Studies on Zizek's most recent political analyses. During 2012, he published two books related to theory after Marx, Adorno Reframed (ibTauris) and Understanding Marxism (Acumen).

In addition to articles relating to this research, Geoff has published on Lacanian psychoanalysis and on psychoanalytic interpretations of literature and culture. He has acted as keynote speaker for international conferences on the work of novelist Hanif Kureishi.

He is currently researching and writing on: psychoanalytic interpretations of Renaissance drama, especially Shakespeare, scandalous literature and cultural renewal, and the role of fantasy literature in the enculturation of young women.

Geoff joined Deakin University in 2006 from Melbourne University after completion of his dissertation in 2004.

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