Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature (Transitions)

Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature (Transitions)

By: Jean-Michel Rabate (author)Paperback

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The French theorist Jacques Lacan has always been called a "literary" theoretician. This is a 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. Jean-Michel Rabate offers a systematic genealogy of Lacan's theory of literature, reconstructing a doctrine based upon Freudian insights, and revitalized 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.

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JEAN-MICHEL RABATE is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.


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

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  • publication date: 21/02/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780333793053
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 236
  • ID: 9780333793053
  • weight: 312
  • ISBN10: 0333793056

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