Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature

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Februar 2001



The French theorist Lacan has always been called a 'literary' theoretician. Here is, for the first time, a complete study of his literary analyses and examples, with an account of the importance of literature in the building of his highly original system of thought. Rabate offers a systematic genealogy of Lacan's theory of literature, reconstructing a doctrine based upon Freudian insights, and revitalised through close readings of authors as diverse as Poe, Gide, Shakespeare, Plato, Claudel, Genet, Duras and Joyce. Not simply an essay about Lacan's influences or style, this book shows how the emergence of key terms like the 'letter' and the 'symptom' would not have been possible without innovative readings of literary texts.


General Editor's Preface Lacan from Z to L: Or Against Interpretation Lacan from A to L: Basic Lacanian Issues and Concepts From Letters to Literature, and Gide Poe and the Theory of the Letter Hamlet and the Desire of the Mother Antigone Between the Beautiful and the Sublime Sade: Subverting the Law and the Jouissance of the Other Ravishing Duras, or the Gift of Love Tragedies and Comedies of Love: Plato, Claudel, Genet Joyce's Jouissance, or a New Literary Symptom Conclusion Annotated Critical Bibliography Index


Jean-Michel Rabaté


'... Highly readable, packed with helpful background information, this book is sure to become a required text in literature and Lacan courses.' - Joan Copjec, Director, Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, University of Buffalo
'In his reading of Lacan (Rabate) brings to bear a deep knowledge of the philosophical and psychological traditions within - and against - which Lacan worked, and an impressive intimacy with the literary texts, ranging form Sophocles' Antigone to Joyce's Finnegans Wake, which inspired so much of his discourse. To read this book is at once to be schooled in the wily iconoclasm of Lacan's cultural engagements and stimulated into fresh thought about the force and function of literature.' - Professor Derek Attridge, University of York
EAN: 9780333793053
ISBN: 0333793056
Untertitel: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature. 'Transitions (Palgrave)'. 2002. Corr. 2nd. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2001
Seitenanzahl: 225 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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