Lacan and the Limits of Language


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Charles Shepherdson is Professor of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York

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About the Author:
Charles Shepherdson is Professor of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York

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He (Shepherdson) compels the reader to ask deeper question of psychoanalysis and, indeed, to question the very aim of psychoanalysis-Melissa Conroy

Refusing dogmas of the established paradigms of interpretation, and yetrespecting the specificity of psychoanalytic, philosophic, and literarypractices, Lacan and the Limit of Language stages refreshingencounters between Lacanian psychoanalysis and its others: Kristeva,Heidegger, Derrida, or Foucault, to name just a few thinkers treated inthis impressive study. In the process the book invites us to reflectagain on the key concepts structuring these encounters: emotion, thebody, race, sexuality, mood, tragedy, and above all, on theethico-political implications of the limits of signification.-Ewa Ziarek

Shepherdson's broadly learned background--in classics, philosophy, literature, critical and literary theory, and medical science--coupled with his lucid prose, makes him a compelling reader of Lacan. A more supple, nuanced and engaging Lacan emerges from the patient encounters Shepherdson stages among disciplines--a Lacan for our time, for time out of joint. Shepherdson is the analyst's analyst.-Arden Reed

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823227679
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2008
  • Edition description: 4
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES SHEPHERDSON is Professor of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of Vital Signs: Nature, Culture, Psychoanalysis andThe Epoch of the Body.

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Table of Contents

1 The Intimate Alterity of the Real 1

2 The Atrocity of Desire: Of Love and Beauty in Lacan's Antigone 50

3 Emotion, Affect, Drive 81

4 Telling Tales of Love: Philosophy, Literature, and Psychoanalysis 101

5 The Place of Memory in Psychoanalysis 122

6 Human Diversity and the Sexual Relation 172

Notes 201

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