By Dylan Evans
Publish 12 months note: First released may well 1st 1996 via Routledge
Jacques Lacan's pondering revolutionised the speculation and perform of psychoanalysis and had a big influence in fields as diversified as movie experiences, literary feedback, feminist concept and philosophy. but his writings are infamous for his or her complexity and idiosyncratic kind.
Emphasising the medical foundation of Lacan's paintings, An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis is a perfect significant other to his rules for readers in each self-discipline the place his effect is felt.
The Dictionary features:
• over 2 hundred entries, explaining Lacan's personal terminology and his use of universal psychoanalytic expressions
• information of the ancient and institutional context of Lacan's work
• connection with the origins of significant thoughts within the paintings of Freud, Saussure, Hegel and different key thinkers
• a chronology of Lacan's existence and works.
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Extra resources for An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis
Thus when Dora complains about being treated as an object of exchange by the men around her, Freud’s first intervention is to confront her with her own complicity in this exchange (Ec, 218–19; see Freud, 1905e). being (être) Lacan’s use of the term ‘being’ introduces a metaphysical note to his discourse that distinguishes it from most other schools of psychoanalytic theory, which refuse to engage with their metaphysical and philosophical foundations (see E, 228). Lacan argues that it is necessary for psychoanalysts to engage with such concerns, for when the analyst intervenes his action ‘goes to the heart of [the analysand’s] being’, and this also affects his own being, since he cannot ‘remain alone outside the field of play’ (E, 228).
He dedicates a few paragraphs to it in his article on the family, where he follows Freud in stating that castration is first and foremost a fantasy of the mutilation of the penis. Lacan links this fantasy with a whole series of fantasies of bodily dismemberment which originate in the image of the fragmented body; this image is contemporary with the mirror stage (six to eighteen months), and it is only much later that these fantasies of dismemberment coalesce around the specific fantasy of castration (Lacan, 1938:44).
Lacan takes pleasure in the fact that, in French, barre is an anagram of arbre (tree), since it is precisely with a tree that Saussure illustrates his own concept of the sign (E, 154). Not long after the 1957 paper in which the term first appears, in the seminar of 1957– 8, Lacan goes on to use the bar to strike through his algebraic symbols S and A in a manner reminiscent of Heidegger’s practice of crossing out the word ‘being’ (see Heidegger, 1956). The bar is used to strike through the S to produce, the ‘barred subject’.
An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis by Dylan Evans