The Cambridge Companion to Lacan

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Jean-Michel Rabaté
The Cambridge Companion to Lacan

This collection of specially commissioned essays by academics and practising psychoanalysts, explores key dimensions of Jacques Lacan’s life and works. Lacan is renowned as a theoretician of psychoanalysis whose work is still influential in many countries. He refashioned psychoanalysis in the name of philosophy and linguistics at the time when it underwent a certain intellectual decline. Advocating a ‘return to Freud’, by which he meant a close reading in the original of Freud’s works, he stressed the idea that the unconscious functions ‘like a language’. All essays in this Companion focus on key terms in Lacan’s often difficult and idiosyncratic developments of psychoanalysis. This volume will bring fresh, accessible perspectives to the work of this formidable and influential thinker. These essays, supported by a useful chronology and guide to further reading will prove invaluable to students and teachers alike.

2.
John Sutherland
A Little History of Literature

This “little history” takes on a very big subject: the glorious span of literature from Greek myth to graphic novels, from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. John Sutherland is perfectly suited to the task. He has researched, taught, and written on virtually every area of literature, and his infectious passion for books and reading has defined his own life. Now he guides young readers and the grown-ups in their lives on an entertaining journey “through the wardrobe” to a greater awareness of how literature from across the world can transport us and help us to make sense of what it means to be human.

Sutherland introduces great classics in his own irresistible way, enlivening his offerings with humor as well as learning: Beowulf, Shakespeare, Don Quixote, the Romantics, Dickens, Moby Dick, The Waste Land, Woolf, 1984, and dozens of others. He adds to these a less-expected, personal selection of authors and works, including literature usually considered well below “serious attention”-from the rude jests of Anglo-Saxon runes to The Da Vinci Code. With masterful digressions into various themes-censorship, narrative tricks, self-publishing, taste, creativity, and madness-Sutherland demonstrates the full depth and intrigue of reading. For younger readers, he offers a proper introduction to literature, promising to interest as much as instruct. For more experienced readers, he promises just the same.

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