Bringing together three previously unpublished lectures presented to the public by Lacan at the height of his career, "My Teaching" is a clear, concise introduction to the thought of the influential psychoanalyst.
Drawing on examples from popular culture and common sense, this lively book explores a range of Lacan's most important ideas, including his debt to Freud, linguistic unconsciousness and sexuality in its relation to psychoanalytic truth.
Engaging, witty and personal, "My Teaching" offers a rare opportunity to engage directly with Lacan's own general explanation of his teaching to a non-psychoanalytic audience.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books
- Publication Date: 09/01/2009
- Category: Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology)
- ISBN: 9781844672714
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Review by samstark
Enjoyable! Short and much more entertaining than any other Lacan I've read. Unlike the Ecrits and the seminars this is not meant for "professionals" so the tone is charming and casual. Moments of poetic beauty (the subject of psychoanalysis as that which dreams, fails, and laughs) alternate with scatological humor (the history of civilization as a history of pooping) in a way designed to keep the audience awake and engaged. Although Lacan is too clever to give an "introduction to Lacan," he does suggest a better way to approach him. He also conveys, as an introduction might do, his own motives and aspirations, and his sense of his place in the intellectual world, his relationship to structuralism, phenomenology, mathematical logic, etc. A charming little book that is, however, poorly copy-edited and full of glaring typos.