Speaking of Lacan's objet a, Herman Rapaport equates this manifestation as the fantasm
that is "seen as the signifier that traverses how the perverse subject comprehends the jouissance of another person" (80).
In the Biographia, the fantasm
of the Logosophia, a text where these difficulties are resolved, is both a result of Chapter 9's struggle with Kant's I of transcendental apperception and that which structures the ideological field that makes it necessary.
No doubt an earlier reviewer of this book has noted that it is a journey from the Salvation Army to multiple orgasms, beginning with Soldiers of the Cross (Perry and Booth, 1900), and concluding with Fantasm
Comes Again (Eric Ram [aka Colin Eggleston] 1977).
He is the author of Phallic Critiques: Masculinity and Twentieth-century Literature; Letter Bomb: Nuclear Holocaust and the Exploding Word; and Fantasm
and Fiction: On Textual Envisioning.
need not be read in this way, however, nor need it be read in the opposite sense, as an absolutely true duplicate of reality.
Nevertheless, little has been written to suggest that feminine desire might construct an Orient that functions differently from the well known fantasm
of masculine projection.
For a systematic treatment, focusing on the visual nature of the fantasm
in its relation to verbal figuration, see the post-Lacanian work of Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torotk, esp.
The relation between rhetoric (fantasm
) and grammar (the real) in the last de Man takes him closer to Lacan in The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis: "The real shelters the fantasm
, the fantasm
protects the real.
Souped up with curving lines signifying dynamism, the hotel has strategic moments of wasted space which do nothing but bolster each guest's private fantasm
of regal self-presentation.
To the lack in the subject instituted by the signifier corresponds a determination of that lack in the form of a fantasm
of presence (say, in a psychoanalytic context, the desire of the analyst).