Rendering Unconscious welcomes Dr. Todd McGowan to the podcast!

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Todd McGowan teaches theory and film at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Only a Joke Can Save Us: A Theory of Comedy (2017), Capitalism and Desire: The Psychic Cost of Free Markets (2016), Contemporary Film Directors: Spike Lee (2014), The Fictional Christopher Nolan (2013), Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis (2013), The Real Gaze: Film Theory After Lacan (2007), and The Impossible David Lynch (2007). Emancipation after Hegel: Achieving a Contradictory Revolution (2019) is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.

Dr. McGowan contributed a chapter “The sex in their violence: eroticizing biopower” to the anthology On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) edited by Vanessa Sinclair and Manya Steinkoler.

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The track at the end of the episode is “Inside You is Outside Me (Remix)” by Hymnambulae from the album The Larval Stage of a Bookworm (Remixed) by Carl Abrahamsson, available from Highbrow-Lowlife.

Music for intro and outro of Rendering Unconscious Podcast by Carl Abrahamsson

Artwork by Vanessa Sinclair