1st Edition

Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy

Edited By Ian Parker, David Pavón-Cuéllar Copyright 2014
    384 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    384 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy is an introduction to the emerging field of Lacanian Discourse Analysis. It includes key papers that lay the foundations for this research, and worked examples from analysts working with a range of different texts. The editors Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar begin with an introduction which reviews the key themes in discourse analysis and the problems faced by researchers in that field of work including an overview of the development of discourse analysis in different disciplines (psychology, sociology, cultural studies and political and social theory). They also set out the conceptual and methodological principles of Lacan's work insofar as it applies to the field of discourse.

    Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar have divided the book into three main sections. The first section comprises previously published papers, some not yet available in English, which set out the foundations for 'Lacanian Discourse Analysis'. The chapters establish the first lines of research, and illustrate how Lacanian psychoanalysis is transformed into a distinctive approach to interpreting text when it is taken out of the clinical domain. The second and third parts of the book comprise commissioned papers in which leading researchers from across the social sciences, from the English-speaking world and from continental Europe and Latin America, show how Lacanian Discourse Analysis works in practice.

    Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy is intended to be a definitive volume bringing together writing from the leaders in the field of Lacanian Discourse Analysis working in the English-speaking world and in countries where Lacanian psychoanalysis is part of mainstream clinical practice and social theory. It will be of particular interest to psychoanalysts of different traditions, to post-graduate and undergraduate researchers in psycho-social studies, cultural studies, sociology and social anthropology.

    Introduction: Lacanian Theory, Discourse Analysis and the Question of the ‘Event’. Pavón-Cuéllar, Parker. Part I: Lacan, and Foundations of a New Research Paradigm. Disintegrating Narrative Research with Lacan. Frosh. The Dislocation Factor in Green Politics. Stavrakakis. Lacanian Discourse Analysis: Seven Elements. Parker. Negotiating Text with Lacan: Theory into Practice. Parker. The Enunciating Act and the Problem of the Real in Lacanian Discourse Analysis. Pavón-Cuéllar. Discourse: Structure or Event? Pêcheux. Part II: Discourse, and the Elaboration of Concepts For Analysis. From the Superego to the Act: Analysis of the Modalities of Subjective Positions in Discourse. Negro. Repetition, Discourse and the Event: From Kierkegaard to Lacan. Gerber. The Unconscious is Politics: Psychoanalysis and other Discourses. Álvarez. Formalisation and Context: Some Elements of a Materialist Reading of Lacan’s ‘Four Discourses’. Boni. The Discourse of the Markets or the Discourse of Psychoanalysis: A Forced Choice. Braunstein. Capitalism and the Act: From Content to Form and Back Again. Glynos. Jacques Lacan, from the Event to the Occurrence of Truth. Herrera Guido. The Borromean Knot as Operator of Philosophical Compossibility: Discourse, Structure and Event in Lacan, Foucault and Badiou. Farrán. Signifying Order and Aleatory Encounter in Louis Althusser’s Political Philosophy. Romé. Discourse Analysis and Subjectivity within Lacanian and Post-Structuralist Thought.González. Creation in the Vortex of the Real: Badiou and Discourse Analysis. Camarena. Part III: Event, and Analysis of Indeterminacy in Discourse. Permutations of the Combinatory. Hook. The Blindness of Those Who See What Does Not Meet Their Expectations: Discursive Indications of an Unanalysable Event. Guzmán, Bautista, Solís, Ochoa, Pavón-Cuéllar. Agonistic Discourses, Analytic Act, Subjective Event. Koren. Subjectivity in Lacanian Discourse Analysis: Trauma and Political Speech. Roberts, Malone.The Author and the Act. Neill. Becoming Other to Oneself: Misreading the Researcher through Lacanian Discourse Analysis. Young. Emergence of the Truth in History and Law: A Lacanian Discourse Analysis. Valdez, Hernández, Hernández. In the Beginning there was Repetition: Reflections on the Word of the Montoneros. Barciela. The Rupture of the Real: Resistance and Recuperation in Recent Serbian Cinema. Homer. From the Word to the Event: Limits, Possibilities and Challenges of Lacanian Discourse Analysis. Pavón-Cuéllar.Conclusion:Lacanian Domains of Practice and Forms of Event in Analysis. Parker, Pavón-Cuéllar.


    Ian Parker is a practising psychoanalyst in Manchester, Honorary Professor in Education at the University of Manchester and Visiting Professor in Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of Lacanian Psychoanalysis: Revolutions in Subjectivity (Routledge, 2011).

    David Pavón-Cuéllar is Professor of Psychology at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in Morelia, Mexico. He has taught psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII.

    "This is a conceptually deep and eminently practical example which combines critical approaches to discourse with Lacanian psychoanalysis, coordinated by researchers who are developing work from Manchester and Morelia that is now being read in Brazil, and bringing together a range of resources of new discursive thought."- Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker, Professor of Psychoanalysis, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

    "Finally an excellent book which addresses the methodological dilemmas of Lacanian Discourse Analysis. The chapters, written by renowned psychoanalysts and scholars from psychology, politics, psycho-social studies and philosophical research, deal with a wealth of textual formats and concrete analyses exploring the tensions between discourse and the event. This collection is a must-read that will become a standard reference point for anyone who, regardless of the domain they work in, is serious about discourse analysis and Lacan." - Alessia Contu, Warwick Business School, The University of Warwick, UK

    "Widely ranging in their applications of Lacanian discourse analysis, and wildly dispersed in the philosophical traditions enlisted, the authors find common ground in working through key questions at the very heart of the humanities. The concept of "the event" offers a richly rewarding touchstone through this thicket of ideas and the sites of inquiry that emerge." - Janice, Haaken, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Portland State University, USA