Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415014007
ISBN-10: 041501400X
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." . . an exceptionally clear survey of Freud's and Lacan's basic theories . . .."
-"Times Literary Supplement, 1/91
." . . the clarity of Grosz's exegetical skill is quite remarkable."
-"Afterimage, October 1990
"This book . . . provides an excellent overview of the contributions of psychoanalysis to feminist questions concerning gendered subjectivity, sexuality and sociopsychical processes of sexual representation. . . . it should prove helpful to feminists who are interested in pushing at the boundaries of psychoanalytic theory to examine its usefulness for dealing with these issues. The readings offered cannot replace our own interpretations of any of the original texts; rather, they instill us with the confidence to do delve in."
-"RFR/DRF

About the Author

Elizabeth Grosz is the Julian Park Chair in Humanities at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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  • File Size: 3093 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 041501400X
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  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 11, 2002)
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2002
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA615I
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By James M. Bogdanski on April 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was hesitant to read this book when I saw the rating the reviewer below me gave to it. However, I've now learned that you can't always trust those who review books on amazon (common sense, I guess). I actually used this book "Jacques Lacan: A feminist intro" for my honors thesis this year at college. It has to be one of the books I relied on the most for my research. Lacan's concepts are always hard to get a handle on, but Grosz's book, along with anything written by Slavoj Zizek, serves as a great introduction to this French thinker's psychoanalytic theories. Also, this book shows (with good evidence too) that even though Lacan has some phallocentric ideas (okay, a lot of them), his work is still valuable to feminists and modern theory in general. I would definitely recommend.
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I read this book many years ago for a philosophy course in Feminist Theory and found it to be incredibly - no, profoundly - useful. It's clear, well-argued, and smart. It also draws out the links between Lacan's thinking and that of Irigara, Kristeva, et. al.
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By A Customer on February 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book I think gives the reader an extremely deceptive, confusing and at times blatantly wrong introduction to Lacan. In her preface she states that Lacanian theory has recently been engaged in "topographical and topological researches." Topology, yes, but topography? If to Elisabeth Grosz topography can be confused with Lacan's topology, then you can be assured that the rest of her understanding of the concepts--the phallus, the gaze, the libido, etc., are equally sloppy, imprecise, and unthought through--not to mention blatantly, ridiculously wrong. Its a con game--an exercise in tone and persuasion. Another example: she claims that the only way to read Lacan is to "suspend your logical thinking and judgments, and just believe or have faith that it make sense in the end." If she does not comprehend that in fact there IS a logic to Lacan's thought, and that actually logic is precisely one good way to start entering into his texts (rather than the philosopher's Oh Gee, it sounds like he's saying this), then you know, this book is a total sham.
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