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Return to Freud
Jacques Lacan's Dislocation of Psychoanalysis

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Part of Literature, Culture, Theory

  • Date Published: September 1991
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2010
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521377706

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  • In this major work, leading theorist Samuel Weber provides a much-needed introduction to the thought of Jacques Lacan. Professor Weber approaches his subject from a dual perspective: he reads Lacan in the light of Freud (whose work Lacan is concerned to interpret), and from the perspective of structuralism, above all Saussure, from whom Lacan borrows and develops a distinctive conception of language as 'signifier'. Lacan is shown to contribute crucially to the rethinking of subjectivity that marks much of contemporary literary theory, and his 'return to Freud' - the complex relationship between his work and its Freudian antecedents - is explored extensively. The result, made available here for the first time in English (in a form thoroughly revised, updated, and augmented by the author) is a constantly illuminating work of intellectual enquiry, with important implications for our age.

    • Major title in important series Literature, Culture, Theory
    • Trendy subject - Lacan is in at the moment
    • Revised and updated for this first English translation
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'One of the best introductions to the work of Jacques Lacan. A book that is indispensable to an understanding of the structuralist and/or post-structuralist manner of thinking and writing.' Jean-Francois Lyotard

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521377706
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2010
  • Table of Contents

    Translator's introduction
    Prefatory note
    1. Introduction
    2. Mistaken identity: Lacan's theory of the 'Mirror Stage'
    3. The unconscious chess player
    4. The rise and fall of the signifier
    5. Significant fallout: metonymy and metaphor
    6. Spades and hearts: the subject as stylus
    7. The subject as 'Fader': the imaginary and the symbolic
    8. 'When someone speaks, it gets light': demand
    9. The signification of the Phallus

  • Author

    Samuel Weber


    Michael Levine

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