1st Edition

Lacanian Psychoanalysis A Contemporary Introduction

By Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot, Uri Hadar Copyright 2023
    148 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Lacanian Psychoanalysis: A Contemporary Introduction sees Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot and Uri Hadar provide an original approach to the elaborate and complex world of Jacques Lacan, one of psychoanalysis’s most innovative thinkers.

    This succinct introductory volume offers a fresh exposition of Lacanian thought, marking the philosophic influences and sensibilities that shaped it and presenting its ideas and concepts in a simple language. Illustrations that range from the clinical and cultural to daily contemporary experience enliven the theory and make it easily accessible. The Lacanian psyche is thoroughly explained and described, unfolding as a drama of desire and jouissance, of hopes and disillusions. Its elusive subject is predicated upon otherness and decentred by its various forms: language and culture, meaningful people and the body. From this perspective, the authors illustrate how Lacan showed that love, sex, politics and therapy always involve the desire to be with the other but, at the same time, to be free of her.

    Part of the Routledge Introductions to Contemporary Psychoanalysis series, this book is a must-read for psychoanalysts, students and scholars familiar with Lacan’s ideas, as well as those approaching his theories for the first time. Lacan’s unique and revolutionary understanding of human experience will benefit any scholar of human subjectivity, including art critics, cultural theorists, political commentators and academics in the humanities and social sciences.

    Acknowledgements  Preface  1. Background Influences  2. The Lacanian Orders  3. The Logic of Development, Desire and Jouissance  4. The Fundamental Fantasy  5. The Clinical Structures  6. Sexuation  7. Therapy  8. The Political Subject  Epilogue  References


    Shlomit Yadlin-Gadot, PhD, is a psychoanalyst at the Tel Aviv Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Chair-Elect of the Psychotherapy Program at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on Freud, Lacan and Truth, integrating perspectives of psychoanalysis, philosophy and cultural studies.

    Uri Hadar is professor of psychology at Tel Aviv University and the Ruppin Academic Center. His fields of interest include psychoanalysis, nonverbal communication and the cerebral representation of natural language. His research and publications on psychoanalysis integrate Lacanian and Relational ideas.

    "This marvelously clear Introduction to Lacan is truly a pleasure to read, a deeply intelligent and concise guide to Lacan's famously complex theoretical edifice and its brilliant and fascinating logic. Beautifully written, sparklingly with insights, their text condenses an enormous body of work, leading us from the origins of Lacan's theory to its inspiring therapeutic culmination: the vision of a psychoanalysis that liberates desire and frees us from the twin dilemmas of submitting or resisting the desire of the other." Jessica Benjamin

    "This small book by Yadlin-Gadot and Hadar offers a big achievement. It is introductory in its lucidity and minimal use of jargon, but it is simultaneously subtly sophisticated and utterly non-trivial. It articulates a dimension of human existence relevant not only to the psychoanalytic field, across its various theories and methodologies, but also to any scholar of ideological struggles and of subjectivity as such. It brings out the genius of Lacan as an interpreter of Freud and a remarkably original thinker, whose ideas influenced Western culture as a whole." Slavoj Zizek

    "Lacanian Psychoanalysis is, worldwide, now one of the most important psychoanalytic approaches, yet it still often seems obscure and inaccessible. In this timely new introduction, Shlomit Yadlin Gadot and Uri Hadar provide a remarkably clear account of Lacan's central concepts. They focus especially on the 'subject-other' relationship, showing how Lacan gives us tools to understand human psychological development in its social-political context, in so doing offering an indispensable guide to psychosocial life." Professor Stephen Frosch, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

    "I have never read a book that presents Lacanian thought with such clarity and sharpness while moving lively and freely between Lacanian concepts and their contemporary, original interpretation. This is not only an outstanding textbook dealing with Lacanian thought but a simultaneously poetic and clear, playful and rigorous. This is an extraordinary achievement in any context, but it is especially praiseworthy when it comes to a book dealing with the complicated language of Lacan." Dana Amir