Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia

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New York University Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Avgi Saketopoulou is a psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC and a member of the faculty of NYU's Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is the author of Sexuality Beyond Consent: Risk, Race, Traumatophilia and in critical conversation with Dominique Scarfone in The Reality of the Message: Psychoanalysis in the Wake of Jean Laplanche.

Lavishly brilliant. Rarely has a book so daringly startled me. Clarity, nuance, pain, even
tenderness here braid uniquely, keyed to sexual collisions with race. A series of showstopping
claims result, glistening with seduction. Never have I felt so welcomed into trauma as a mode of
doing, a mode of expanding, a mode of greeting what is foreign in oneself. Take this invitation
laced with surprise.

-- "Kathryn Bond Stockton, author of Gender(s)"

Making a vibrant argument for psychoanalysis's importance in grappling with our
modern racial dramas, Sexuality Beyond Consent weaves together insights from queer
theory, performance studies, and critical race theory to explore overwhelm.
Saketopoulou's clear and compelling prose brings together clinical case studies,
Laplanche, and Slave Play to arrive at an ethics for dealing with power and difference
now--the result is a dazzling, brilliant read.

-- "Amber Jamilla Musser, author of Sensual Excess: Queer Femininity and Brown Jouissance"

Offers nothing less than a theory of sexuality, one that refuses contemporary pieties. In
a series of profound and sometimes personal reflections, Saketopoulou subjects our
reigning models of consent to close scrutiny, and asks what happens when
fantasy--intractable, recalcitrant, but also protean and surprising--belies our most
dearly held political and ethical commitments. The result is a work that excavates the
complex enmeshments of the sexed body, race, and history, and demonstrates the
ongoing salience of psychoanalytic concepts to feminist and anti-racist cultural analysis.
Saketopoulou's critique of the liberal sexual subject is politically necessary and
intellectually thrilling.

-- "Damon Ross Young, University of California, Berkeley"

This brilliant, often counter-intuitive examination of sexuality, race, and consent
explores how we might yield to the opacity in ourselves. Saketopoulou unpacks with
startling insight moments beyond the politics of identity and trauma to imagine how the
surrendering of consent might lead to an ethical expansion rather than diminishment of
the self.

-- "David L. Eng, University of Pennsylvania"