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Jacques Lacan is one of the most challenging and controversial of contemporary thinkers, as well as the most influential psychoanalyst since Freud. Lacanian theory has reached far beyond the consulting room to engage with such diverse disciplines as literature, film, gender and social theory. This book covers the full extent of Lacan's career and provides an accessible gui ...more
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2004)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jacques Lacan (Routledge Critical Thinkers), Sean Homer
Tombom P
Not *bad* exactly - I got a better understanding of Lacan's ideas, but quite a few bits were confusing (for example, what exactly the Other is - of course this could be partially down to me being a bit thick). The "After Lacan" section tried to cover a lot of people and given that most of the ideas were pretty complicated, the attempt at a half-page summary of each was pretty poor. It's sort of understandable given that Lacan's ideas are pretty complicated and I admit I didn't like what I unders ...more
A very accessible and comprehensive study guide to Lacan. The most wonderful thing about this study guide is that Homer actually places the key terms and theories into a theoretical and historical context. In the back of the book he has not only added some suggestions for further reading, but has also added a section called 'After Lacan', which contains short summaries of the development that some aspects of his theories have undergone since Lacan wrote them. I would highly recommend this book!
Peter Jana
In addition to mapping out how key ideas evolved in the course of Lacan's work, this book provides ample philosophical and theoretical context (structuralism, Heidegger, Freud etc...) for understanding the origins and development of Lacan's thought. I found the section on how the Oedipus complex is related to desire and the formation of subjectivity to be especially illuminating.
By locating many of Lacan's important concepts within his influences and explaining them in such a way, Homer delivers a comprehensive, clear understanding of Lacan. A good guide to accompany Lacan's own text. It functions very well as a guide to clarify or demystify much of what would be considerably inscrutable to the beginner reader of critical theory.
Most of the times this book reads like a rephrasing of several of Fink's monographs. However, it is a very good summarising overview of Lacanian thought that organises his obscure philosophy in clear and well argued sections. Of course, there are oversimplifications that bring the author to borderline mistakes, but, overall, it reaches the lay reader target of the monograph and reads very smoothly.
Well, I for one feel significantly better organised - if not any more well adjusted.
Lazarus P Badpenny Esq
Does its best to navigate around some of the more deliberately unfathomable aspects of Lacan's ideas but understanding Lacan is a war of attrition so probably needs to be read alongside a selection of the plethora of other introductory guides (Zizek gets recommended a lot).
i can't even with this. i had to close it so many times and just try to understand why i was being asked to read it. i thought freud was bad. this is just insane.
By far the best introduction for someone who is dealing with Lacan for the first time. And there's tons to chose from. I challenge anyone to argue otherwise
Absolutely excellent introduction. Some parts could've used more exposition, but for someone as difficult as Lacan, this is consistently clear.
Kara Wicks
As a new student to Lacan, this book has helped my understanding by introducing Lacan's ideas in reference to his influences.
very clear introduction
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