Malcolm Bowie Lacan

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The French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) is a uniquely complex writer and the originator of an especially unsettling view of the human subject. But the singularity of Lacan's achievement has been understated by many of his critics. Often he is seen merely as a figure famous for being famous--an essential reference point in structuralist and poststructuralist debate--rather than as a theorist whose writings demand and reward detailed scrutiny.

Malcolm Bowie traces the development of Lacan's ideas over the fifty-year span of his writing and teaching career. The primary focus is on the fascinating mutations in Lacan's interpretation of Freud. Bowie reinserts the celebrated slogans--"The unconscious is the discourse of the Other," "The unconscious is structured like a language," and so forth--into the history of Lacan's thinking, and pinpoints the paradoxes and anomalies that mark his account of human sexuality. This book provides a firm basis for the critical evaluation of Lacan's ideas and the rhetoric in which they are embedded; it is based on a close reading of Lacan's original texts but presupposes no knowledge of French in the reader.

Although Bowie is sharply critical of Lacan on several major analytic questions, he argues that Lacan is the only psychoanalyst after Freud whose intellectual achievement is seriously comparable to Freud's own. Lacan provides the ideal starting point for any exploration of the work of this formidable thinker.

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Malcolm Bowie is Master of Christ's College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Member of the Modern Language Association of America, and an Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques. His books include Mallarme and the Art of Being Difficult; Freud, Proust and Lacan: Theory as Fiction; Lacan; and Proust among the Stars, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 1999 and won the 2001 Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism.

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I believe that this is the first true introduction to Lacan's work in English. [Bowie] brilliantly retraces the evolution of Lacan's thought, from the first essays to the mature writings. (Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen, University of Washington)

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