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Looking Glasses and Neverlands: Lacan, Desire, and Subjectivity in Children's Literatue

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This study introduces and explores Lacan's complex theories of subjectivity and desire through close readings of cananical children's books such as Charlotte's Web, Stellaluna, Holes, Tangerine and The Chocolate War.
Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by University Of Iowa Press (first published 2004)
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Nathaniel
Oct 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book just reaffirmed my problems with psychoanalytical criticism. The author's chapters on gender and race are particularly problematic in how they construct these categories and attempt to analyze them in children's literature.
Pamela
Jan 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the first Lacan I've ever read, so I have to admit, much of the theory that Karen Coats explores in this book went over my head. Some of Lacan's concepts are difficult to understand for even an experienced scholar, so I don't feel too stupid, heh.

One thing I did like about this book is that Coats is careful to explain concepts through examples in children's books. If you're familiar with Charlotte's Web, Peter Pan, or Alice in Wonderland, you'll find these examples very helpful.

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Melissa Sara Smith
Sep 03, 2009 rated it liked it
It does exactly what it is supposed to do for the theory that it is using.
Stacy
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Lacanian psychoanalysis is masterfully woven through some important canonical works in children's literature. This book is dense with explanation and proof. Some things just cannot be denied.
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