Originally published in 1991, this volume tackles the diverse teachings of the great psychoanalyst and theoretician. Written by some of the leading American and European Lacanian scholars and practitioners, the essays attempt to come to terms with his complex relation to the culture of contemporary psychoanalysis.
The volume presents useful insights into Lacan’s innovative theories on the nature of language and the subject. Many of the essays probe the importance of psychoanalysis for problems of signifier and referent in the philosophy of language; others explore the difficulties men and women have in negotiating the sexual differences that divide them.
A major contribution to the new reception of Jacques Lacan in the English-speaking world, Lacan and the Subject of Language will challenge those who believe that they have already ‘mastered’ Lacanian thought. The insights offered here will pave the way for further developments.
Acknowledgments. Ellie Ragland-Sullivan Introduction Part 1: Lacan and the Subject of Language 1 Jacques-Alain Miller Language: Much Ado About What? 2 Henry W. Sullivan Homo sapiens or Homo desiderans: The Role of Desire in Human Evolution 3 Ellie Ragland-Sullivan The Sexual Masquerade: A Lacanian Theory of Sexual Difference Part 2: Lacan and the Subject of Psychoanalysis 4 Jacques-Alain Miller The Analytic Experience: Means, Ends, and Results 5 Russell Grigg Signifier, Object, and the Transference 6 Willy Apollon Theory and Practice in the Psychoanalytic Treatment of Psychosis Part 3: Lacan and the Subject of Literature 7 Judith Miller Style is the Man Himself 8 Stuart Schneiderman Fictions 9 Lila Kalinich Where is Thy Sting? Some Reflections on the Wolf-Man 10 Slavoj Žižek The Truth Arises from Misrecognition 11 Colette Soler Literature as Symptom. Index