Reading Lacan (Paperback)Jane Gallop (author)
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The influence of the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan has extended into nearly every field of the humanities and social sciences—from literature and film studies to anthropology and social work. yet Lacan's major text, Ecrits, continues to perplex and even baffle its readers. In Reading Lacan, Jane Gallop offers a novel approach to Lacan's work based on his own theories of language.
Lacan locates truth in the letter rather than in the spirit-in the ways statements are expressed rather than in their intended meaning. Gallop here grapples with six of Lacan's essays from Ecrits: "The Seminar on 'The Purloined Letter,' " "The Mirror Stage," "The Freudian Thing,'' "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious,'' "The Signification of the Phallus," and "The Subversion of the Subject." While other commentators have chosen not to confront Lacan's notoriously problematic style in their discussions of his ideas, Gallop addresses herself directly to the problem and the practice of reading Lacan. She takes her direction from Lacan's view of subjectivity and offers a deeply personal, feminist reading of Ecrits. Concentrating on the relation of desire and interpretation, she opens up the rich implications of Lacan's thought, for psychoanalytic theory, for the act of reading, and for knowledge itself.
Forceful and revealing, yet utterly candid about its own areas of uncertainty, Gallop's book will be indispensable to readers of Lacan and to scholars and students who have felt his impact.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
Operating like characters in a narrative, Gallop's shifting reading strategies invigorate critical discourse by creating a theatre of interpretation. Reading Lacan accentuates the desire to interrogate the voices in any reading, and Gallop's stream of dialogue... provides a textual opportunity to discourse on Lacanian theory.... Rejecting the traditional endings of novels, the limited options of marriage and death, Gallop's account moves toward the plural possibilities of a feminist reading practice.... Gallop's navigation of 'doing reading' is a theatrical event essential for anyone invested in the process of reading as meaning-construction, but especially for feminist theorists seeking alternative structures to chart the experience of knowledge. - Women's Review of Books
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