Subject of Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective

Author(s) : Stijn Vanheule

Subject of Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective

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  • Publisher : Palgrave
  • Published : January 2011
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 208
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 32688
  • ISBN 13 : 9780230276642
  • ISBN 10 : 0230276644
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The entire legacy of Jacques Lacan is permeated by his deep interest in psychosis and psychotic phenomena. This book examines Lacan's contribution to our understanding of psychosis, proposing that his work can best be framed in terms of four broad periods. Each period contains a different set of key concepts, together with a number of crucial texts containing references to psychosis. Stijn Vanheule explains the precise meaning of these concepts and their implication for the clinic of psychosis, focusing on Lacan's discussion of clinical cases and literary works, and his critical dialogue with related disciplines such as psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, and linguistics. Synthesising ideas from Lacan's entire oeuvre, this book sheds light on the evolution of his theory and provides a valuable tool for students and scholars.

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Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction

PART I: FIRST ERA: THE AGE OF IMAGINARY IDENTIFICATION
Psychosis as a Disorder at the Level of the Imaginary
PART II: SECOND ERA: THE AGE OF THE SIGNIFIER
Towards a Structural Study of Psychosis
Foreclosure and its Vicissitudes
A Novel Approach to Hallucinations
Delusions Scrutinized
PART III: THIRD ERA: THE AGE OF THE OBJECT A
The Object a and Jouissance in Psychosis
PART IV: FOURTH ERA: THE AGE OF THE KNOT
Psychosis within the Logic of Knotting and Linking

Bibliography
Index

About the Author(s)

Stijn Vanheule is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting at Ghent University, Belgium, and a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. He is the author of multiple papers on Lacanian and Freudian psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic research into psychopathology, and clinical psychodiagnostics.

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