An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 4, 2002 - Psychology - 264 pages
Jacques Lacan's thinking revolutionised the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and had a major impact in fields as diverse as film studies, literary criticism, feminist theory and philosophy. Yet his writings are notorious for their complexity and idiosyncratic style. Emphasising the clinical basis of Lacan's work, An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis is an ideal companion to his ideas for readers in every discipline where his influence is felt. The Dictionary features:
* over 200 entries, explaining Lacan's own terminology and his use of common psychoanalytic expressions
* details of the historical and institutional context of Lacan's work
* reference to the origins of major concepts in the work of Freud, Saussure, Hegel and other key thinkers
* a chronology of Lacan's life and works.

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It's as good a Lacanian dictionary as one can find. However it is as well to note that in the process of writing it its author came to the conclusion that Lacanian psychoanalysis was based on a lot of inconsistent concepts and even obfuscation. He eventually changed over to being a supporter of evolutionary psychology, which is pretty much opposite to Lacan's approach. Still I believe there is a large kernel of truth within Lacan's take on Freud i.e. that the Oedipus complex, the transition from infancy to childhood is central in understanding the creation of the human being as well as its failure in psychosis and perversion (and if we're neither of these then we're neurotic in some way).  

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About the author (2002)

Dylan Evans trained as a Lacanian psychoanalyst in Buenos Aires, London and Paris. He is currently working on a PhD at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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