Scarcely any theoretical discourse has had greater impact on literary and cultural studies than psychoanalysis, and yet hardly any theoretical discourse is more widely misunderstood and abused. In Psychoanalyzing, Serge Leclaire offers a thorough and lucid exposition of the psychoanalysis that has emerged from the French areturn to Freud, a unfolding and elaborating the often enigmatic pronouncements of Jacques Lacan and patiently working through the central tenets of the aEcole freudienne.a As a concise but nuanced introduction to the subject, Psychoanalyzing will prove indispensable to anyone interested in psychoanalysis, especially those curious about its Lacanian reconceptualization and the linguistic theory of the unconscious and its effects. Leclaireas study is particularly valuable for the way its author links theoretical issues to psychoanalytic practice. The opening chapteraon listeningahighlights the necessity, and the impossibility, of the afloating attentiona required from the analyst, while preparing the reader for the following chapters, which deal with such topics as unconscious desire, how to speak of the body, and the intrication of the object and the alettera (i.e. the signifier, the amaterial support that concrete discourse borrows from languagea). The final chapteraon transferenceashows how the analytical dialogue differs from other dialogues. Despite the intricacy of its subject matter, the book takes very little for granted. It does not simplify the issues it presents, but does not assume a reader familiar with the concepts of psychoanalysis, let alone a reader acquainted with its French inflection. Each basic concept and term is carefully explained, so that the reader knows the meaning of atransferencea or aprimal scenea before proceeding to more advanced elements of psychoanalysis. Leclaireas text is not intended merely to be auser friendlya; its purpose is to clarify and advance, rather than to impress or convert.The final chapteraon transferenceashows how the analytical dialogue differs from other dialogues. Despite the intricacy of its subject matter, the book takes very little for granted.
|Publisher||:||Stanford University Press - 1998|