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CASASCO, Guillermina. The Abnegation of Desire. Tóp. Sem [online]. 2007, n.18, pp.87-96. ISSN 2594-0619.

The article considers the intervention of negativity in the process of signification starting from the articulation of two central ideas from semiotics and psychoanalysis. The first is that the study of meaning itself can be done in terms of its signifying articulation and the second is that the dream is the disguised realization of desire about whose meaning nothing can be known before it is placed in a narrative. Meaning and desire exist as effects produced by the text. It’s analysis in the torsions of the semiotic process refer to the prohibition that gives birth to culture and determines the subject’s “being of desire.” Linked with prohibition, negativity sustains the logical structure of opposition that directs desire’s and meaning’s pace through the signifying chain.

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