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Introduction to the Reading of Lacan: The Unconscious Structured Like a Language (Lacanian Clinical Field) Paperback – September 17, 1998
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Joel Dor Joel Dor was a professor of psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VII and a member of the Association de Formation Psychoanalytique et de Recherches Freudiennes: Espace Analytique. He is also the author of Introduction to the Reading of Lacan and Structure and Perversions (both Other Press). Susan Fairfield Susan Fairfield is an editor, translator, and poet. She is also the author of papers on literary criticism, a psychoanalyst, and co-editor of Bringing the Plague: Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis. She lives in the Bay Area of California.
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Top Customer Reviews
Monsieur Joel Dor does it good in the sense of trying to communicate to the non-specialyzed person like myself what are the basic tenets of Lacan's difficult to understand theory. Sure, if I tell my psychanalists friends they will tell me that there is a better book, that this is not the best, etc... But in my humble opinion, I got totally what I was looking for, thinking even in reading again the book to better understand some spetacular concepts like "The Name of the Father", "The phallic object", "Metaphor and Metonimy" (linguistics applied to Psyche Analisys) and the like.
THis is the kind of book one does not regret buying, specially if he (she) is interested in better understant the workings of the unconcious and the formation of the language process in the mind.
Lacan and Freud are Sacred Monster of it all.
I may say that I was in no way disapointed cause the book delivers exactly what I was looking for. Sure, I am not a scholar and my opinion here is just one of a guy marginally interested in the subject. Now I know a little bit more the relationship between languages and the unconcious, and I think I am now more able to read Lacan in the original.
I would like also to add that the reading will more profitable for whoever has read the Interpretation of Dreams, of Sigmund Freud, a work quoted all the time.
One introductory text that is clearer and more accessible than this is Lionel Bailly's 'Lacan; A Beginner's Guide'. True in some ways it's not as comprehensive as Dor's book, however it does a fairly good job of introducing the reader to the development of the linguistic processes of metaphor and metonymy that Lacan claims structure the unconscious like a language. Dor goes into these processes in more detail and complexity but with far less clarity and generosity in explanation than Bailly.
My advice for the beginner is not to start with Dor but with Bailly, or if they find Dor too daunting and give up, as I'm fairly sure quite a few readers will, my advice is to read Bailly and then if they like to return to Dor. Dor will still be a difficult read even armed with this prior reading for the simple reason that it's often written in a manner that is incomprehensible, unintelligible and thoroughly confusing.
The positive reviews that I have read are beyond my comprehension. How they can claim that this book is anything but extremely poorly explained is beyond me. It's almost as if they were describing a different book.
My own reaction to reading this book is disgust at the shoddy way it's written or at least translated and complete puzzlement at the positive reviews.
I've read a number of Lacanian texts by other practicing Lacanian clinicians including Lionel Bailly, Bruce Fink, Darian Leader and Dany Nobus and I found them to be very well written and clearly explained. But this book is the first one by a practicing clinician that I've come across that is very poorly written/translated.