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 (lə-kän′, lä-käN′), Jacques-Marie Émile 1901-1981.
French psychiatrist who was an early adherent and interpreter of Freud's theories in France, but whose own theoretical and clinical work diverged greatly from Freud's. His collection of essays and lectures Écrits (1966) greatly influenced linguistics and literary theory.
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(French lakɑ̃)
(Biography) Jacques (ʒak). 1901–81, French psychoanalyst, who reinterpreted Freud in terms of structural linguistics: an important influence on poststructuralist thought
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(ləˈkɑ̃, -ˈkɑn)
Jacques, 1901–81, French philosopher and psychoanalyst.
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(12) Not all Lacanians would agree and that seems to depend on which period in the Lacanian work is emphasized and prioritized.
Lacanians are first of all Freudians, which means they take the unconscious and sexuality seriously.
While many Lacanians argue that sexual difference is the only foundational, or Real, difference, while class, race and other social categories are Symbolic, Tuhkanen makes perhaps the most compelling argument for the Reality of racial difference.
While Lacanians might focus on speech, words and language more than other psychoanalytic psychotherapists, they are aware of the content of psychoanalysis, but get there via a different modality of practice.
Drawing on the insights of the so-called New Lacanians and walking some of the same ground covered most recently by Abdul JanMohamed, Tuhkanen proposes that a specifically Lacanian point of view may help us to more thoroughly distinguish the contours of what he calls the "white symbolic order" and to more readily perceive the ways that African American literature, especially Wright's work, articulates the limitations and possibilities of the black subject's resistance.
This mode of psychic activity--in which nascent I and unknown non-I appear as partial subjects in co-emergence, in which no opposition exists between subject and object, and in which fantasies are shared in "severality" beyond the boundaries of individual psyches--is not obliterated by the subject's emergence into language (as it must be for orthodox Lacanians, since the radical foreclosure of the Real is the condition of entry to the Symbolic register).
This volume of papers in one sense tries to bridge the gap between two intellectual communities: Lacanians, with an interest in antiquity that has come from Lacan, and classicists, who have found that Lacanian ideas have opened up or complicated their ideas about antiquity.
As an index of the massive change between the epoch of Freud and that of the Lacan of the "new" Lacanians (see my "Lacan and the New Lacanians"), Miller readdresses the matter of the Oedipus and the discontents of civilization in the context of semblants and the inexistence of the Other.
The wellsprings of Bloom's discontent is what he calls "the School of Resentment," the "academic journalistic network...who wish to overthrow the Canon in order to advance their supposed (and nonexistent) programs for social change." He identifies six branches of this particular ecole (Feminists, Marxists, Lacanians, New Historicists, Deconstructionists, and Semioticians), each of which seeks in its particular way to recast "great" literature as the product of some impersonal, material cause (gender politics, class ideology, etc.) rather than of transcendent genius.
Both were unacceptable to us Lacanians, not only generally, but because in Slovenia the Communist Party was intelligent enough to adopt Frankfurt School Marxism as its official ideology.
The process of the passe which follows on the experience of subjective destitution for Lacanians demonstrates the outcome of a disappearance, that of the passant's sense of her competence with regard to the fantasy of her own life.
Even Lacanians may wonder why Roman Jakobson rather than Lacan is used to introduce these theoretical constructs and why Lacan's fairly clearcut aphoristic insistence on desire as metonymy and on symptom as metaphor gets somewhat muddied.