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The Literary Lacan: From Literature to Lituraterre and Beyond


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The relationship between literature and psychology is long and richly complex, and no more so than in the work of Jacques Lacan, the most controversial psychoanalyst since Freud. The Literary Lacan: From Literature to ‘Lituraterre’ and Beyond is dedicated to assessing Lacan’s significant contribution to literary studies and the contribution, in turn, of literature to Lacanian psychoanalysis.
The first essays in this collection provide close readings of Lacan’s literature-related work, specifically his work on Hamlet, his homage to Marguerite Duras and Lewis Carroll, his concept of Lituraterre, and his seminar on James Joyce. Other essays examine Lacan’s theories in conjunction with works of major writers such as Samuel Beckett. The book concludes with essays that investigate Lacan and literature more broadly, including the applicability of literature to psychoanalysis.
With well-known contributors including Slavoj Zizek, Jacques-Alain Miller, Russell Grigg and Ellie Ragland, this volume will appeal not only to specialists in literary and Lacanian theory but also to students and enthusiasts of the master and the literature that inspired him.

About the Author

Santanu Biswas is associate professor of English at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, where he teaches literature and psychoanalysis. He is currently a visiting research fellow at Deakin University, Melbourne, and a member of the editorial board of (Re)-Turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies and joint editor of Clinic/Culture.

Table of Contents


Joyce with Lacan

      Jacques-Alain Miller (Translated from the French by Russell Grigg)


      Santanu Biswas

Part 1: The Literary Lacan

From the Letter to the Objet petit a: The Evolution of Lacans Literary Metaphors

      Nancy Blake

Psychoanalysis Applicable and Inapplicable: The Case of Literature

      Jean-Michel Rabaté

Part 2: From Literature

‘To Be or Not . . .: Lacan and the Meaning of Being in Shakespeares Hamlet

      Matthew Sharpe

Lewis Carroll and Psychoanalytic Criticism: Why Nothing Adds Up in Wonderland

      Christopher Lane

Joyce: Lacans Sphinx

      Geoff Boucher

Part 3: To Lituraterre

A Literary Introduction to ‘Lituraterre

      Santanu Biswas

The Littoral Condition of the Letter

     Jean-Pierre Klotz

Part 4: And Beyond

Cogito in Literature: Descartes with Beckett

      Slavoj Žižek

The Practice of the Letter and Topological Structure

      Ellie Ragland

Reading Bhabha, Reading Lacan: Preliminary Notes on Colonial Anxiety

      Gautam Basu Thakur

The Transsexual Body Written: Writing as Sinthome

      Patricia Gherovici


The Enigma of Jouissance

      Russell Grigg

Notes on Contributors


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Biswas, Santanu (edt)
Seagull Books
Biswas , Santanu
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Literary Criticism : General
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