Lacan to the Letter

Lacan to the Letter

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To read Lacan closely is to follow him to the letter, to take him literally, making the wager that he comes right out and says what he means in many cases, though much of his argument must be reconstructed through a line-by-line examination. And this is precisely what Bruce Fink does in this ambitious book, a fine analysis of Lacan's work on language and psychoanalytic treatment conducted on the basis of a very close reading of texts in his Icrits: A Selection. As a translator and renowned proponent of Lacan's works, Fink is an especially adept and congenial guide through the complexities of Lacanian literature and concepts. He devotes considerable space to notions that have been particularly prone to misunderstanding, notions such as qthe sliding of the signified under the signifier, qor that have gone seemingly unnoticed, such as qthe ego is the metonymy of desire.q Fink also pays special attention to psychoanalytic concepts, like affect, that Lacan is sometimes thought to neglect, and to controversial concepts, like the phallus. From a parsing of Lacan's claim that qcommenting on a text is like doing an analysis, q to sustained readings of qThe Instance of the Letter in the Unconscious, q qThe Direction of the Treatment, q and qSubversion of the Subjectq (with particular attention given to the workings of the Graph of Desire), Fink's book is a work of unmatched subtlety, depth, and detail, providing a valuable new perspective on one of the twentieth century's most important thinkers. Bruce Fink is a practicing Lacanian psychoanalyst, analytic supervisor, and professor of psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He is the author of A Clinical Introduction to LacanianPsychoanalysis (1997) and The Lacanian Subject (1995). He has coedited three volumes on Lacan's seminars and is the translator of Lacan's Seminar XX, On Feminine Sexuality, the Limits of Love and Knowledge (1998), Icrits: A Selection (2002), and Icrits: The Complete Text (forthcoming).Reading Ecrits Closely Bruce Fink. Hamlet is trying to discern, according to ... But Gertrude continually answers Hamleta#39;s questions by talking not about what she is missinga€”a third terma€”but about herself. Lacan puts the following words in heranbsp;...

Title:Lacan to the Letter
Author:Bruce Fink
Publisher:U of Minnesota Press - 2004


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