Emphasising the clinical basis of Lacan’s work, An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis is an ideal companion to his ideas for. Emphasising the clinical basis of Lacan’s work, An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis is an ideal companion to his ideas for readers in every . An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis has 78 ratings and 6 reviews. Nathaniel said: No one needs this book. It does not do a good job of.

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For example, just recently I needed it while trying to follow Helene Cixous’ argument in “The Laugh of the Medusa” — she rakes Introductoty and for that matter Freud over the coals for the “phallocentricity” of their formulation of sexual difference — i.

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The dictionary is an ideal way of exploiting language since it has the same structure as a language; it is a synchronic system in which the terms have no positive existence, since they are each defined by their mutual differences; it is a closed, self-referential structure in which meaning is nowhere fully present but always delayed in continual metonymy; it defines each term by reference to other terms and thus denies the novice reader any point of entry and, to refer to a Lacanian formula, if their is no point of entry, there can be no sexual relationship.

There are two main reasons for this omission. Books by Dylan Evans. To exclude references to the work of present-day Lacanian analysts is not such a grave omission as it might seem, since this work has consisted almost entirely of commentaries on Lacan rather than of radically original developments the work of Jacques-Alain Miller is a notable exception.

Jacques Lacan in Continental Philosophy. Moonika rated it it was ok Jul 30, Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview.

An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis

Refresh and try again. Conceptions of Freud imtroductory Lacan. Intrpductory major concept is traced back to its origins in the work of Freud, Saussure and Hegel and others. Another, more fundamental problem is the paradox involved in the very act of writing a dictionary of Lacanian terms. Lacan’s writings are notorious for their complexity and idiosyncratic style and An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis will be invaluable for reading in every discipline where his influence is felt.


At a future date it may be possible to produce a more comprehensive and detailed edition of this dictionary based o Lacan’s complete works, but the current absence of any English-language dictionary of Lacanian thought is perhaps sufficient justification for publishing the work in its present incomplete and rudimentary state. Such an impression is, however, misleading.

Evans wrote this book as an inexperienced student, and his general lack of understanding of Lacanian theory is obvious on most pages.

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To attempt to provide am definitions’ for Lacan’s terms would therefore bre completely at odds with Lacan’s work. By overlooking this dimension, the dictionary can create the erroneous impression that languages are fixed unchanging entities. Request removal from index.

Taking full account of the clinical basis of Lacan’s work, the dictionary details the historical and institutional background to Lacanian ideas. It does not do a good job of summarizing or defining Lacanian concepts–Mr. Yianna rated it liked it Jan 27, In discussing how the various terms in Lacan’s discourse undergo semantic shifts during the course of his work, l have tried to avoid both of these errors.

Nielsen Book Data Skip to search Skip to main content. This dictionary attempts to avoid this danger by incorporating etymological information wherever appropriate and by giving some indication of how Lacan’s discourse evolved over the course of his teaching.

Placing Lacan’s ideas in their clinical context, the dictionary is an ideal companion for readers in other disciplines. Lacan’s writings are notorious for their complexity and idiosyncratic style and “An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis” will be invaluable for reading in every discipline where his influence is felt.

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The fact that these languages use many of the same terms, inherited from Freud, can create the impression that they are in fact all dialects of the same language. Josh rated it really liked it Feb 13, This entry has no external links. I think Evans does a pretty decent job summerizing most of Lacan’s theories, buzz words and vocabulary.

Dictionaary Cambridge Companion to Lacan. Feb 09, Gina rated it it was amazing. By excluding ref’erences to the applications of Lacan’s work in literary criticism, film studies and feminist theory I hope to emphasise this point and thus to counter the neglect of Lacan’s clinical basis by his English speaking readers.


Firstly, it is often forgotten in the English-speaking world that Lacan’s work is first and foremost aimed at providing analysts with help in conducting analytic treatment. The whole idea of an introductory dictionary is a pretty foolish endeavour in the first place.

Paul rated it really liked it Mar 16, Sep 19, Nathaniel rated it did not like it Shelves: Another self-imposed limitation has been the decision to restrict reference to secondary sources to a minimum.

Lacan, Marx E Il Sintomo. The partiality and limitations of this dictionary concern not only the matter of the selection of terms, but also the matter of sources. Because of their brevity, these summaries run the risk of oversimplifying complex concepts, and will undoubtedly strike those more familiar with Freuds psyhoanalysis as somewhat rudimentary. Mathews introducrory it it was ok Shelves: Jo rated it it was ok Mar 25, Want to Read saving….

There is also the short dictionary by Rycroft which is extremely readable. These entries then refer the reader to more complex terms, which are pitched at a higher level and introducctory the beginner should not hope to grasp immediately. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Lists with This Book. On the other hand, by pointing out the changes and semantic shifts, l hope to counter the illusion that all of Lacan’s concepts are always already there an illusion which Lacan himself condemns; Lacan, c: There are useful explanations of the various key Lacanian terms, with genealogies that show how they have changed over time.

Furthermore, as has become clear at the various international conferences of Lacanian psychoanalysis, it is very useful for analysts with different mother-tongues to have some basic symbols i common which can facilitate their discussions of Lacan. Luke Chrisinger rated it it was amazing Jul 15,