Lacan and Literature: Purloined Pretexts

SUNY Press
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Using Lacanian psychoanalytic theory in order to uncover the relationship between literature, reading, and the unconscious, this book argues for a special affinity between a text and its reader. This process strives to unveil the disguises of tropic language in order to generate manifest meaning from latent content. Focusing on five twentieth-century writers: D.H. Lawrence, Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, Roland Barthes, and Alain Robbe-Grillet, this book shows how Freud’s theories of condensation and displacement in dreams match Lacan’s uses of metaphor and metonymy in language. Despite the different backgrounds of these authors from America, England, and France, the unifying theme is that the unconscious (because it is structured like language) is the voice of the (m)Other disguised in figurative language.
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About the author

Ben Stoltzfus is Professor Emeritus of French, Comparative Literature, and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of The Eye of the Needle; Black Lazarus; Red White & Blue; Alain Robbe-Grillet and the New French Novel; Georges Chennevierre et L’Unamisme; Gide’s Eagles; Gide and Hemingway: Rebels against God; Alain Robbe-Grillet: The Body of Text; Alain Robbe-Grillet: Life, Work and Criticism; and Postmodern Poetics: Nouveau Roman and Innovative Fiction.

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SUNY Press
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Pages
242
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ISBN
9781438421360
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Language
English
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Psychology / General
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