The Purloined Poe: Lacan, Derrida, and Psychoanalytic Reading / Edition 1

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Jacques Lacan's seminar on "The Purloined Letter" at once challenged literary theorists and revealed a radically new conception of psychoanalysis. His far-reaching claims about language and truth provoked a vigorous critique by Jacques Derrida, whose essay in turn has spawned further responses from Barbara Johnson, Jane Gallop, Irene Harvey, Norman Holland, and others.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Essays and arguements that revolve around a controversial interpretation of Poe's THE PURLOINED LETTER provide a structured exercise in the elaboration of textual interpretation.

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Editorial Reviews

Psychoanalytic Books - Hana Charney

In the story of the interpretations, reinterpretations, displacements, and replacements that have accreted around Poe's 'The Purloined Letter,' this collection, The Purloined Poe, comes like an answer to a... riddle.

Year's Work in English Studies

A valuable, critical text.

Psychoanalytic Books
In the story of the interpretations, reinterpretations, displacements, and replacements that have accreted around Poe's 'The Purloined Letter,' this collection, The Purloined Poe, comes like an answer to a... riddle.

— Hana Charney

Library Journal
Lacan's reading of Poe's ``The Purloined Letter'' has become both notorious and seminal. It is one of the rare texts where Lacan demonstrates his theoretical position in terms of a literary work, a feature that highlights some of the more egregious assumptions of his approach. Jacques Derrida's critique set the stage for a debate that has drawn out some of the leading critics allied to psychoanalytic and deconstructionist thought. This anthology provides Poe's tale, Lacan's and Derrida's texts, and a generous sampling of essays spawned by the debate. A fascinating volume for both the fledgling and the besotted amateurs of contemporary criticism. Alexander Gelley, Univ. of California, Irvine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801832932
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/1988
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Sales rank: 809,639
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
1 Poe and Lacan 1
1 Text of "The Purloined Letter," with Notes 3
2 Seminar on "The Purloined Letter," translated by Jeffrey Mehlman 28
3 Lacan's Seminar on "The Purloined Letter": Overview 55
4 Lacan's Seminar on "The Purloined Letter": Map of the Text 77
5 Lacan's Seminar on "The Purloined Letter": Notes to the Text 83
2 On Psychoanalytic Reading 99
6 Selections from The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe: A Psycho-analytic Interpretation 101
7 On Reading Poetry: Reflections on the Limits and Possibilities of Psychoanalytic Approaches 133
3 Derrida and Responses 157
8 The Challenge of Deconstruction 159
9 The Purveyor of Truth, translated by Alan Bass 173
10 The Frame of Reference: Poe, Lacan, Derrida 213
11 Structures of Exemplarity in Poe, Freud, Lacan, and Derrida 252
12 The American other 268
4 Other Readings 283
13 Narratorial Authority and "The Purloined Letter" 285
14 Re-covering "The Purloined Letter": Reading as a Personal Transaction 307
15 The Shadow's Shadow: The Motif of the Double in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Purloined Letter" 323
16 A Note on Time in "The Purloined Letter" 335
17 Negation in "The Purloined Letter": Hegel, Poe, and Lacan 343
References 369
Contributors 383
Index 385
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