Jacques Lacan: An Outline of a Life and a History of a System of Thought

Jacques Lacan An Outline of a Life and a History of a System of Thought Years after his death Jacques Lacan remains not only one of the foremost intellectuals of the century but also one of the most controversial The first major biography of Lacan this is a fascinating

  • Title: Jacques Lacan: An Outline of a Life and a History of a System of Thought
  • Author: Élisabeth Roudinesco Barbara Bray
  • ISBN: 9780231101479
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • Years after his death, Jacques Lacan remains not only one of the foremost intellectuals of the century, but also one of the most controversial The first major biography of Lacan, this is a fascinating portrait of the man s life and an illuminating explication of his complex liasons and unorthodox, often perplexing ideas.

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    1. i am heavily indebted to versions of lacan, so I trudged through the 500 pages that comprise this, the only (is that possible?) biography of his life, but I’m not sure it was worth the effort. This book is like following the assorted life scenes of Lacan in a gritty paparazzi clip, captured through the hedges. A continuously streaming feed, it follows around all those he came in contact with as well. (and indeed, vignettes with contemporaries like althusser, Sartre and francoise dolto and as w [...]

    2. I dont' know if it's a good idea to read a biography of an intellectual before you have a firm grip on that intellectual's work, but I enjoyed reading this book if for no other reason than the cast of characters that pop up throughout this book. Somewhat unbeknownst to me, Lacan led his life right in the thick of the French intellectual elite including the Surrealist movement and it's offshoots. Pretty much anyone who's anyone from the French intellectual Left, the 20th C. Psychoanalysit movemen [...]

    3. This book isn't about Lacan so much as it is 'around' him. Lacan is the subject and the signified. His Other is Elisabeth Roundinesco; or he is hers. Ha. I enjoyed the chapter on Bataille. I have a lot of time for his antics and Lacan did too; though he had more time for his wife evidently. Biography aside, somewhat, Roudinesco's account of psychoanalysis leaves something to be,ah, desired. She knows what she's talking about no doubt but when it comes to theory, particularly Lacan's, her style r [...]

    4. Fantastic. Not only does it contain a compelling and thorough portrait of Lacan, but it also contains mini-portraits of several other prominent French intellectuals and a sense of the whole, quasi-cult leader status Lacan attained amongst his disciples. It also explains why so little of Lacan's work has been published and/or translated so far. Apparently, Jacques-Alain Miller's kind of an authoritarian douchebag, that's why.

    5. pretty cool. whatevs. do i really need a bio to know lacan was a charlatain who ripped off other people's ideas? i mean, that's why I love his shit.

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