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Editorial Reviews


Praise for Jacques Lacan: An Outline of a Life and History of a System of Thought:

"[An] extraordinary book about the most flamboyant French neo-Freudian of the twentieth century."—The Times

"Elisabeth Roudinesco takes us on a fascinating journey … fascinating like Lacan himself."—Michael Kajman, Le Monde

"She acknowledges Lacan's personal absurdity and literary extravagance while simultaneously showing why and how he matters. Ms. Roudinesco captures the freshness of the intellectual world in which Lacan's developing notions were concocted."—New York Times

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"Required reading for all studies of the history of consciousness."—Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University

About the Author

Élisabeth Roudinesco teaches at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. She is the author of many books, including Jacques Lacan & Co. and Madness and Revolution.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Tra edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781681627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781681626
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By S. Koterbay on April 13, 2014
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From the same author of the massive and seemingly comprehensive biography Jacques Lacan, this is both a short biography as well as a reflection on Lacan's teaching and his person. The title leads to an initial set of expectations that Roudinesco is writing more of an apology, but that's not quite the case: instead, we're treated to funny reminiscences, insightful thoughts on his early writings and seminars, and a continuing sense of the shifts that Lacan's thought went through during the course of his life. At the same time, as valuable as all of this is, it's also hard to really praise this book unreservedly: for those already steeped in Lacanian thought there's not a lot that's new, and for those who have had a little introduction to his thought and need more... well, there's not a lot of that either. Is this a farewell to Lacan, almost in an historiographical sense? Or a poetically sweet return to him, amidst Roudinesco's excellent work as an historian of intellectuals? To be honest, maybe I should just state my inadequacy at deciding how to read this book after a first go-around, and let it settle in. And, regardless, still recommend it to other readers.
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