Introduction to the Reading of Lacan: The Unconscious Structured like a Language

Introduction to the Reading of Lacan: The Unconscious Structured like a Language

Introduction to the Reading of Lacan: The Unconscious Structured like a Language

Introduction to the Reading of Lacan: The Unconscious Structured like a Language

Synopsis

A major and long overdue addition to the American/English psychoanalytic literature . . . written specifically for clinicians, by a clinician . . . All major conceptsamong them the mirror stage, the Name-of-the-Father, metaphor and metonymy, the phallus, the foreclosure of the subjectare developed and discussed in depth. Nicholas Kouretas, Harvard Medical School

Excerpt

Introduction to the Reading of Lacan: The Unconscious Structured Like a Language, which inaugurates the series, was hailed by the French press. The journal Psychologies (May 1985) proclaimed it "an event" and praised the way in which Joël Dor proves that, contrary to what had been believed, Lacan's work can be made understandable, that it is possible to be simple and clear while staying close to the text. Furthermore, the review continued, Dor never confronts us with the aridity of too much theoretical presentation, since he illustrates his points with examples that bring together theory and its clinical applications. Le Matin de Paris, a daily newspaper, welcomed the volume on April 2, 1985 as a much-awaited reference book, an indispensable working tool both for clinicians eager to figure out Lacan's theory and for scholars in the various human sciences that Lacan's work draws upon. These reviews, among many others, led to a success that won this book a place on the nonfiction bestseller list.

Clearly, the hunger to understand Lacan in this country is far less pronounced than it is in France, where the Lacanian enigma had become almost a matter of national curiosity. Dor's . . .

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