TE917 Lacan ThePurloinedLetter

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    TE917 Thanhs Notes

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Questions for/about Reading

    Background

    Seminar on the Purloined Letter

    Questions for/about Reading

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Lacan doesnt intend to be understood... He

    designs his seminars so that you cant, in fact,

    grasp them.

    Alan Sheridan, Lacan

    s English translator

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    For comprehension, inspiration or application?

    I do NOT read to understand what Lacan means.

    I read for pleasure. I could possibly use Lacans language for my own

    intellectual project (not to follow his).

    I should be able to participate in Lacan- related

    discourses.

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    How am I personally connected to Lacan?

    What have others spoken about Lacan?

    Why do many scholars draw on Lacan?

    How do I position myself in Lacan- related discourses?

    I read not onlyLacans texts but also my experienceand what others have spoken about Lacan. These

    readings are inseparable.

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Creative act

    Equality between the writer and the reader

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Questions for/about Reading

    Background

    Seminar on the Purloined Letter

    Questions for/about Reading

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Theory of repression (first formalized by Freud) We have deep feelings about which we tend not to be aware

    because those feelings are pushed down or buried deep in therecesses of our minds.

    Feelings get repressed when they are too painful or tooembarrassing for us to think about.

    We are not conscious of our most personal desires and fearsbecause those feelings have been 'repressed' (unconscious)rather than confronted (conscious).

    Fendler (2010, p. 21)

    The unconscious holds a bigger picture than that retainedby the conscious self.

    Against rational consciousness and free will

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Jung Dreams, symbols, the language of archetypes

    Freud

    Motivational behavior and accidental slips of thetongue

    Lacan Not that of the self, but of the Other

    The unconscious is the discourse of the Other.

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    The Other is everything that lies beyond theboundaries of ourselves.

    We define and redefine ourselves through the existenceof the Other.

    We understand the world through the language

    (discourse) of the Other.

    We also use that language for our innermost thoughts.

    THE UNCONSCIOUS IS THE DISCOURSE OF THE OTHER.

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    I do not understand what Lacan means.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Lacan

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    Maternal penis: an apparatus which enables the firstencounter with otherness and lackwhen the childsenses that s/he is not the mothers entireworld.

    The child wishes to be thephallus for the mother.

    Phallus: sign ofabsence, signifier of all signifiers,keystone ofsymbolic order, signifier of impossibility tofind a final meaning, unity, presence (annulment of

    signified).

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    'It is up to you to be Lacanians if you wish. I am aFreudian

    Whereas Freud could still be said to work within anempirical, humanist tradition that still believes in a stableself's ability to access the "truth," Lacan is post-structuralist, which is to say that Lacan questions anysimple notion of either "self" or "truth," exploring insteadhow knowledge is constructed by way of linguistic and

    ideological structures that organize not only our consciousbut also our unconscious lives.

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Lacan's theory is similar to Lvi-Strauss's structuralismin the distinction it draws between the imaginary, thesymbolic, and the real: the proper object of study issomething that is abstract - an invisible layer thatunderlies the world we can see, hear, smell, taste, andexperience.

    Fendler, L. (2010, p. 22)

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Foucault's work challenged the structuralist langueand the Lacanian real.

    He criticized all theories that make things seemnatural or inevitable. The unconscious, as posited by psychoanalytic theory,

    might impose a kind of inevitability in so far as Lacan'stheory insists that we cannot access the unconscious,critique it, or change it.

    Fendler (2010)

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Derridas framing Lacan: Lacan forces design intodestiny.

    Derrida and Lacan: Another Writing by MichealLewis- Useful links: Introduction

    Downloadable full text (Are you ready to be copywrong or copyleft?)

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

    http://books.google.com/books/about/Derrida_and_Lacan.html?id=5PNS4BF_xCwChttps://rapidshare.com/https://rapidshare.com/http://books.google.com/books/about/Derrida_and_Lacan.html?id=5PNS4BF_xCwC
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    Judith Butler (1956), Hlne Cixous (1937), LuceIrigaray (1930) and Julia Kristeva (1941) draw heavily onLacan for different projects.

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Questions for/about Reading

    Background

    Seminar on the Purloined Letter

    Questions for/about Reading

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Narrative form status quo status quo is threatened status quo is

    restored

    Function of the characters

    the good detective must be rational, and act in thename of order the villain must be punished, or gain nothing from his

    acts

    Binary opposites

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    The purloined letter symbolizes regret for missingmaternal penis and reproach for its loss.

    The relationship between Dupin and the minister: son& father(Oedipal struggle).

    At the end Dupin restores missing penis.

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    The purloined letter

    Phallus

    Empty, slippery, floating signifier (No one knows thecontents of the letter)

    The signifier passes us and defines us

    A theory of intersubjectivity: three roles = subjectpositions: the blind, the complacent seer, and the robber King (blind), Queen (complacent seer), Minister (robber)

    Prefect, Minister, Dupin

    Minister, Dupin, Lacan

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    Questions for/about Reading

    Background

    Seminar on the Purloined Letter

    Questions for/about Reading

    I do not understand what Lacan means.

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    How would you read Seminar on thePurloined Letter if the text is considered asan empty floating signifier?

    What is your creative interpretation ofSeminar on the Purloined Letter?

    I do not understand what Lacan means.