In The Borderline Culture: Intensity, Jouissance, and Death, Željka Matijašević argues that the psychological descriptor, “borderline,” should be extended to encompass the main facets of contemporary Western culture: splitting, affective dysregulation, intensity, and the polarization of good and bad objects.
Željka Matijašević is full professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Zagreb.
Chapter 1: Borderline in Psychoanalysis
Chapter 2: The Man-Machine between Jouissance and Death: Lacan’s ‘Omission’ of the Borderline
Chapter 3: Borderline Intensities from the Counterculture to Late Capitalism
Chapter 4: Capitalist Production of the Perfect Borderline Subject
Chapter 5: Split Worlds, Split Minds
Drawing on an impressive range of source materials, this book offers the first comprehensive critical analysis of the status of the ‘borderline personality’ in contemporary Western discourse. In a meticulous examination of the ‘borderline’ as a clinical and cultural locus of human psycho-social functioning in excess, Matijašević argues that late capitalism has created the perfect environment for the borderline subject to flourish, and thus that we ourselves are once again responsible for one of the many ills that have befallen us. Beguiling, thought-provoking, and persuasive, Matijašević’s work is bound to stimulate debate for many years to come.