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(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Althusser, Louis. “Freud and Lacan.” In Lenin and Philosophy, and Other Essays. Translated by Ben Brewster. 1971. Reprint. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2001. A seminal Marxist literary theorist discusses Lacanian psychoanalysis and art.

Benvenuto, Bice, and Roger Kennedy. The Works of Jacques Lacan: An Introduction. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1986. A straightforward, chronologically oriented discussion of Jacques Lacan’s key writings from his early years until his death.

Bowie, Malcolm. “Jacques Lacan.” In Structuralism and Since: From Lévi-Strauss to Derrida, edited by John Sturrock. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1979. This essay provides a brief introduction to Lacan’s thought and is a good place to begin reading about him.

Clark, Michael. Jacques Lacan: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1988. A good guide to the many Lacanian studies, which also contains biographical information and its own introduction to Lacan’s thought.

Evans, Dylan. An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis. London: Routledge, 1996. A lucid explanation of many of Lacan’s technical terms, how he came to change them during his career, and some of his influences.

Feldstein, Richard, Bruce Fink, and Maire Jaanus, eds. Reading Seminars I and II: Lacan’s Return to Freud. New York: State University of New York Press, 1996. This book offers a series of in-depth essays that discuss theoretical foundations and clinical applications of Lacan’s work. Authors include Jacques-Alain Miller, Colette Soler, and Slavoj iek.

Grosz, Elizabeth. Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction. London: Routledge, 1995. A lucid overview of Lacan’s work from a feminist perspective, providing an introduction to many of his seminal ideas as well as both objections and support from feminist thinkers.

Leader, Darian, and Judy Groves. Introducing Lacan. Reprint. New York: Totem Books, 1998. The comic book presentation of Lacan, which provides an amusingly illustrated and basic outline of many of the philosopher’s ideas, is an excellent resource for a beginner.

Marini, Marcelle. Jacques Lacan: The French Context. Translated by Anne Tomiche. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1992. A succinct overview of Lacan’s work in general and the cultural context of his professional life.

Rabaté, Jean-Michel. Jacques Lacan: Psychoanalysis and the Subject of Literature. New York: Palgrave, 2001. A thorough exposition of Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory as it regards literature. Includes close Lacanian readings of writers from classical Greece through the twentieth century.

Roudinesco, Elisabeth. Jacques Lacan: Outline of a Life, History of a System of Thought. Translated by Barbara Bray. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997. An extensive and carefully researched account of Lacan’s life by a French scholar and historian of psychoanalysis in France.

Turkel, Sherry. Psychoanalytic Politics: Freud’s French Revolution. 2d ed. New York: Guilford Press, 1992. Lacan is the central figure in this account of the reception of Freud and psychoanalysis in French culture in the decades after 1945.

Walton, Priscilla. Patriarchal Desire and Victorian Discourse: A Lacanian Reading of Anthony Trollope’s Palliser Novels. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995. Applies Lacan’s psychoanalytic theory to nineteenth century British novels, focusing in particular on female characters.

iek, Slavoj. Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan Through Popular Culture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1997. An accessible and eloquent account that elucidates key Lacanian notions through an application to certain components of film and fiction in popular culture.


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

The literary genre favored by Jacques Marie Émile Lacan (luh-kahn) was the academic lecture, into which he mixed the forms of psychoanalytic discourse, academic rhetoric , philosophy, literary criticism, and poetry. It was largely through the spoken word, both as psychoanalyst and teacher, that Lacan was able to...

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