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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 17 | volume III | October-November, 2000



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 17October-November, 2000

Response on a Dialogic Idyll

(on the book, "Androgen: Utopia of the Perfect Sex," by Maja Bojadžievska, Sigmapres, Skopje, 1999)

p. 1
Slavica Srbinovska

    The imaginary phase in the growth of a child starts by a reflection of the face in the mirror, and self-recognition in it. This is a phase of shaping and ascertainment of one’s self according to one’s own image. In marking this state, psychoanalysis uses the term mine – which means I. This primary phase shows that we are dealing with a projection case because I is already in the image, it means someone different, the Other. This early phase presents the act of separation, but also the way towards the mature phase in which a certain more different, articulated power of law starts to operate. Namely, it envisages the manners of external manifestation of needs and wishes.
    According to psychoanalysis, in this phase a symbolic castration of the relationship with the parent is realised by an introduction of a prohibition called incest. Apart from this primary and primeval articulation of wishes, there are a number of others. Hence, it becomes clear that the way to the Other becomes a way filled with barriers as well as a way in which mediation and evasion remain as the only means of realisation of a variety of wishes. The law paragraphs for constituting a social life in a community assume the articulation of wishes, and thereby their transformation and suppression because within it there appears a necessity for infiltration of separations, cross-sections and differences, after which the phase of the imaginary I becomes old and lost forever. It will exist marked by a constant desire, love, and need for return to the early phase as a way of return to one’s self. Outside this passive status of desire, there is perhaps one more possibility although it remains in the domain of the mediated, evaded satisfactions. The present concept of dimensioning human life gives priority to the language action, which is most active in the area of the artistic text since under the wing of its fictive nature, the text simulates the act of return to one’s self.[1]
    By quoting these references of Lacan’s psychoanalytic views on the division of the subject, I begin my review on the study, Androgen – Utopia of the Perfect Sex, by Maja Bojadžievska since I believe they correspond to the nucleus of the ideas elaborated in this study, although the author herself does not make an explicit reference to or quotation of them.


1. Žak Lakan, Spisi, Beograd, 1983, 5-13.

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