ABSTRACT

Taking a cue from the recognized interests of psychoanalysis and historicism in the genre of the anecdote, I will begin with half a story, excerpting from a narrative that is at once historical and apparently psychopathological. Subsequently, I will briefly examine a potentially significant encounter between historicism and psychoanalysis as embodied in the work of Siavoj Žižek in order to suggest an alternative emphasis that adds to Žižek's post-Lacanian/post-Marxist dimension one aspect of the socioanalysis of Pierre Bourdieu. This suggestion is intended to complicate polar alternatives that determine some thinking about the psychoanalysis/historicism opposition-that is, either desire or the economy-with a third, potentially median, term: the field. The argument for the usefulness of this term will be supported by specific

Shakespearean examples suggesting the interpenetration of desire, economy, and social fields upon the site of the body. These examples will include brief instances from Troilus and Cressida, Cymbeline, Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, and the sonnets.