New PDF release: Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature

By Jean-Michel Rabate

ISBN-10: 0333793048

ISBN-13: 9780333793046

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Jean-Michel Rabat? deals a scientific family tree of Lacan's concept of literature, reconstructing an unique doctrine dependent upon Freudian insights and revitalized via shut readings of authors as assorted as Poe, Gide, Shakespeare, Plato, Claudel, Sophocles, Sade, Genet, Duras, and Joyce. now not easily an essay approximately Lacan's impacts or type, this booklet indicates how the emergence of phrases just like the "letter" and the "symptom" do not need been attainable with no cutting edge readings of literary texts. Lacan's critique of "applied psychoanalysis" involves a brand new perform of psychoanalysis understood as a kind of textual examining of the subconscious.

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Jean-Michel Rabat? deals a scientific family tree of Lacan's concept of literature, reconstructing an unique doctrine dependent upon Freudian insights and revitalized via shut readings of authors as varied as Poe, Gide, Shakespeare, Plato, Claudel, Sophocles, Sade, Genet, Duras, and Joyce. now not easily an essay approximately Lacan's affects or type, this ebook exhibits how the emergence of phrases just like the "letter" and the "symptom" shouldn't have been attainable with out cutting edge readings of literary texts.

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E, 741-2). l). Lacan concentrates on the interesting absence that Delay mentions as early as the acknowledgments - the absence of the entire corre­ spondence between Gide and his wife. He notes with extraordinary T h e T h e o r y of t h e Letter 37 prescience the rise of what would later be called 'genetic criticism' in France, the critical school that dominated the last two decades of the twentieth century and took the 'prepublication draft' as its main object. He sees in Delay's book the promotion of these 'little papers' to the status of literary symptom.

Even if the object of the drive is what Lacan calls his unique invention, under the name of the 'object small a' (objet petit a), Lacan's central concept, as Nestor Braunstein has argued,19 his real 'signature', consists in letting Freud's Lust drift from its usual meaning of pleasure to a more and more excessive, perverse, murder­ ous even enjoyment he calls jouissance. The term jouissance has a complex genealogy in Lacan's seminars, and while it maintains all the meanings of the French word - sexual climax, excessive enjoyment, legal ownership - it has been variously inflected by different commentators.

This wife whom he does not desire becomes the object of a supreme love, and when this object with which he has filled up the hole of a love without desire comes to disappear, he cries out the miserable shout whose connection I have pointed out with the comical cry par excellence, that of the miser - My casket! My dear casket! {S5,260-1) The 'hole of a love without desire' refers of course to the famous letters that will be destroyed. The review in Ecrits equally stresses the laughter inherent in our 'human comedy', as Balzac would say.

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