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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.
— Hana Charney
A valuable, critical text.
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.
|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|
|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|