Literary Theory: Jacques Lacan in Theory (Lecture 13 of 26)

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Introduction to Theory of Literature (ENGL 300) In this lecture on psychoanalytic criticism, Professor Paul Fry explores the work of Jacques Lacan. Lacan's interest in Freud and distaste for post-Freudian "ego psychologists" are briefly mentioned, and his clinical work on "the mirror stage" is discussed in depth. The relationship in Lacanian thought, between metaphor and metonymy is explored through the image of the point de capiton. The correlation between language and the unconscious, and the distinction between desire and need, are also explained, with reference to Hugo's "Boaz Asleep." 00:00 - Chapter 1. Peter Brooks and Lacan 09:03 - Chapter 2. Lacan and Freudian Scholarship 15:51 - Chapter 3. The Mirror Stage 22:18 - Chapter 4. Language and the Unconscious 30:25 - Chapter 5. Metonymy, Metaphor, and Desire 37:03 - Chapter 6. What Is Desire? 46:50 - Chapter 7. Slavoj Žižek Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: This course was recorded in Spring 2009.
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