Lacan: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) Paperback – 1 Apr 2009
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"Well-written, carefully structured and broadly accessible. The author offers lucid explanations of key Lacanian concepts, without over-simplifying or having recourse to 'Lacan-light'." --Dany Nobus, Chair of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Brunel University and author of 'Jaques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis'<br /><br />"Simply the clearest explanation of Lacan anywhere. The author succeeds where almost everyone else has failed. Highly readable and entertaining." --Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, UCL and Chief Executive at the Anna Freud Centre, London
"Simply the clearest explanation of Lacan anywhere. The author succeeds where almost everyone else has failed. Highly readable and entertaining." --Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, UCL and Chief Executive at the Anna Freud Centre, London
Well-written, carefully structured and broadly accessible. The author offers lucid explanations of key Lacanian concepts, without over-simplifying or having recourse to 'Lacan-light’." (Dany Nobus – Chair of Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Brunel University and author of Jaques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis)
"Simply the clearest explanation of Lacan anywhere. The author succeeds where almost everyone else has failed. Highly readable and entertaining." (Peter Fonagy – Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, UCL and Chief Executive at the Anna Freud Centre, London) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Particular highlights for me are the very strong explanations of the 'four discourses' of the Hysteric, Institution, Master and Analyst which based on 'mathemes' I found inpenetratable elsewhere. Also the description of 'sexuation' in establishing gender is lucidly described after the groundwork for understanding this concept in preceding chapters is logically and plainly layed down.
Lacan is famed for his emphasis on the capturing of the image at the 'mirror stage' in the development of the ego and the representation of the Other in language, i.e. the imaginary and symbolic registers as alienating features of the Subject or Self. A considerable amount of explication is provided to the rest of the interconnecting web of Lacan's theory, in his notions of the Real, the Sinthome, the Object Petit a, The Name of the Father, Desire, Jouissance and The Phallus.Read more ›
I was first introduced to Lacan with Darien Leader's "Introduction to Lacan, a Graphic Guide", and then spent a long time reading "Introduction to the Reading of Lacan" by Joel Dor. I then purchased Lionel Bailly's book "Lacan: A Beginner's Guide" and found it a very smooth read. My experience of having read two books prior to Bailly's book enabled me to read Bailly's book with ease, but it also enabled me to say that whilst the book is a great start, it lacks the depth one may be looking for with particular topics in Lacan. Therefore I'd say that although there is no such thing as the perfect balance for what a reader looks for when learning about Lacan, the three books I have mentioned are a perfect combination for getting to grips with him.
Above all, with Lacan, patience is key.
The author has found a good way to make many of Lacan's key terms understandable whilst retaining their original (sometimes French) terminology - having read the book I feel confident to now directly tackle some of Lacan's original work and source material.
I also found the contextual elements of the book about the debates and battles between different psychoanalytic bodies and institutions helpful as it provides a map for how Lacan is viewed now.
I can thoroughly recommend the book. It has the merits of being a deep and stimulating read whilst being accessible and enjoyable.
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Excellent book for anyone trying to grasp what lacan is about....language very clear and precise.
Book well worth investing in to have the basics of Lacan theory
concise depiction on Lacans basic theories, helped me considerably for a presentation for uni
would recommend if just starting out with Lacans theories.
Brilliant introduction to the often impenetrable work of LacanPublished 16 months ago by Chris Patience
Lacan is not easy ... but you have to know the basics to understand so much of contemporary psychotherapy, psychiatry ... and even art ! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carlo L. Maini, MD
Excellent accessible summary of basic Lacanian concepts. Very well written.Published 23 months ago by Una Simms
I've read a number of books on Lacan. The majority of them are difficult to read. This isn't because Lacan's ideas are that difficult or at least difficult to explain in a clear... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book explains very complex constructs and their historical context very clearly. Highly recommended for anyone with and interest in analysisPublished on 15 Aug. 2014 by anon