Key Concepts of Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Key Concepts of Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Key Concepts of Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Key Concepts of Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Synopsis

In Key Concepts of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, eight crucial Lacanian ideas are explained through detailed expolaration of the theoretical and/or practical context in which Lacan introduced them, the way in which they developed throughout his works, and the questions they were designed to answer. The book does not presuppose any familiarity with Lacanian theory on the part of the reader, nor a prior acquaintance with Ecrits or the Seminars.

Excerpt

Since the 1980's, Lacanian ideas have stealthily yet steadily penetrated the social sciences, the arts and the humanities. The works of Lacan are currently a standard reference within cultural, gender and women's studies, and they also inspire many authors working within the realms of philosophy and political theory. At the same time, Lacanian ideas continue to spark off heated debates amongst psychoanalysts and 'laypeople' alike, whereby Lacan's numerous personal idiosyncrasies are often used as arguments ad hominem to minimize the value of his theoretical contributions. Furthermore, the enormous complexity, the high level of abstraction, and the partial publication and translation of Lacan's works continue to trigger scholarly disputes about how to interpret terms and formulae.

Confronted with this broad dissemination of Lacanian thought and the multifarious controversies surrounding it, professional researchers, health care workers and students often try to find solace in psychoanalytic works of reference. Over the past decade, many works have been published in which psychoanalytic concepts, schemas, and symbols are defined in a brief, accessible format, although mainly in French and dealing with psychoanalysis in general rather than Lacanian theory as such. For the Anglo-American reader, and strictly oriented towards Lacanian terminology, there is currently Dylan Evans An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, which is likely to remain an invaluable source of information for students and professionals in years to come. Besides this unique compendium, numerous general introductions to Lacan in English exist, and there is even a Reader's Guide to the English Ecrits.

Considering the scope and the quality of these materials, the primary Lacan-needs of the Anglo-American reader are already well catered for, which reduces the desirability of yet another 'introduction to . . .

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