Introduction To The Reading Of Lacan / Edition 1

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"A major and long overdue addition to the America/English psychoanalytic literature. . . . All major concepts—among them the mirror stage, the Name-of-the-Father, metaphor and metonymy, the phallus, the foreclosure of the subject—are developed in depth."
-Nicholas Kouretsas, Harvard Medical School

Condensation & displacement in dream work, the notion of structure, the value of the linguistic sign, etc.

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What People Are Saying

Joan Copjec
For many, the period of apprenticeship required to make intelligent use of Jacques Lacan's formative theory has seemed too long and too arduous to be paid the effort. From now on this complaint is no longer valid. Dor stands virtually alone in his crystal-clear explication and integration of all aspects of Lacanian thought: clinical, linguistics, and philosophical. The result is often rebelatory.
— Joan Copjec, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Nicholas Kouretas
Joel Dor's Introduction to the Reading of Lacan represents a major and long overdue addition to the American-English psychoanalytic literature. Unlike other books about Lacanian psychoanalysis, Dor's is written specifically for clinicians, by a clinician, in this case a preeminent French psychoanalyst and teacher... The translation mantains the lucidity and immediacy of the original French text. This is an auspicious beginning for the Lacanian Clinical Field Series.
— Nicholas Kouretas, M.D., Harvard Medical School
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892746047
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/17/1998
  • Series: Lacanian Clinical Field Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 1,431,027
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Dor

Joel Dor was a professor of psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VII and a member of the Association de Formation Psychoanalytique et de Recherches Freudiennes: Espace Analytique. He is also the author of Introduction to the Reading of Lacan and Structure and Perversions (both Other Press).

Susan Fairfield

Susan Fairfield is an editor, translator, and poet. She is also the author of papers on literary criticism, a psychoanalyst, and co-editor of Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis. She lives in the Bay Area of California.

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Table of Contents

The Lacanian Clinical Field: Series Overview
Editor's Preface
1 The "Return to Freud" 1
2 Condensation and Displacement in Dream Work 11
3 The Notion of Structure 15
4 Elements of Structural Linguistics 21
5 The Value of the Linguistic Sign and Lacan's Anchoring Point 35
6 Metaphor, Metonymy and the Primacy of the Signifier 43
7 Condensation as a Metaphoric Process 57
8 Displacement and Dream Work as Metonymic Processes 63
9 The Joke as a Metaphoric-Metonymic Process 69
10 The Symptom as a Metaphoric Process 73
11 The Predominance of the Phallus 83
12 The Mirror Stage and the Oedipus Complex 93
13 The Paternal Metaphor - The Name-of-the-Father - The Metonymy of Desire 111
14 The Foreclosure of the Name-of-the-Father: An Approach to Psychotic Processes 121
15 The Division of the Subject and the Advent of the Unconscious through the Signifying Order 127
16 The Splitting of the Subject: Alienation in Language 135
17 Subject of the Unconscious - Subject of the Enunciation - Subject of the Utterance 147
18 The Alienation of the Subject in the Ego - Schema L - The Foreclosure of the Subject 157
19 Dialectic of Consciousness and Dialectic of Desire 169
20 Need - Desire - Demand 181
21 The Graph of Desire 1: From the Anchoring Point to the Chatterbox 195
22 The Formula of Communication and the Unconscious as Discourse of the Other 205
23 The Graph of Desire 2: The Creation of Meaning in the Signifying Technique of the Joke and the Subversion of the Unconscious in Language 217
24 The Graph of Desire 3: The Coupling of Desire with the Signifier 225
25 The "Generation" of the Graph 237
References 255
Credits 261
Index 263
Contributors 269
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