Lacan: A Beginner's Guide

Author(s) : Lionel Bailly

Lacan: A Beginner's Guide

Book Details

  • Publisher : Oneworld
  • Published : January 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 246
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 28930
  • ISBN 13 : 9781851686377
  • ISBN 10 : 1851686371

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Jacques Lacan was one of the most important psychoanalysts ever to have lived. Building upon the work of Sigmund Freud, he sought to refine Freudian insights with the use of linguistics, arguing that the structure of unconscious is like a language. Controversial throughout his lifetime both for adopting mathematical concepts in his psychoanalytic framework and for advocating therapy sessions of varying length, he is widely misunderstood and often unfairly dismissed as impenetrable. In this clear, wide-ranging primer, Lionel Bailly demonstrates how Lacan's ideas are still vitally relevant to contemporary issues of mental health treatment. Defending Lacan from his numerous detractors, past and present, Bailly guides the reader through Lacan's canon, from l'objet petit a to The Mirror Stage and beyond. Including coverage of developments in Lacanian psychoanalysis since his death, this is the perfect introduction to the great modern theorist.

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'Well-written, carefully structured and broadly accessible. The author offers lucid explanations of key Lacanian concepts without over-simplifying.'

- 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

About the Author(s)

Lionel Bailly is a psychoanalyst and a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a practicing analyst of the Association Lacanienne Internationale and an Academic Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London Psychoanalysis Unit where he is particularly involved in the doctoral school. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at the Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. After a long collaboration with Jean Bergès he became head of Sainte-Anne’s Biopsychopathology Unit, which he led until moving to London in 2000. He is the author of two books, one on psychotrauma in children (in French) and Lacan: A Beginner's Guide (in English).

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