It could be argued that the influence of Lacan on modern literary studies has been greater than anyone’s. Lacan has historicised the universal or mythic perceptions of Freud, and thus lent a new status to literature as a cultural artefact. This book, originally published in 1986, aims to delineate the trends in the uses made of Lacan today; to examine the theoretical substructure by which his work is accommodated to literature; and to analyse the way in which his work ‘models’ the formal relation of the literary text to other texts, to history and to politics.
Editor’s Foreword. Acknowledgements. Preface. Introduction: Lacan’s Literary Importance: Reading through Lacan. 1 The Critical Response: Readings of Lacan. Part 1: Lacan’s Culture Criticism 2 Word, Gift, Promise 3 The Critique of Narcissism: In Love with Culture 4 Lacan’s Two Dicourses: The Seminars and the Ecrits 5 The ‘Value’ of Metaphor Part 2: Splitting the Atom: The New Order 6 The Symbolic Order 7 Powering the Cultural Drive. Index