Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745315904 Published December 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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Jacques Lacan

A Critical Introduction

Martin Murray

Jacques Lacan

Martin Murray

Distributed for Pluto Press

224 pages | 5 1/3 x 8 1/2 | © 2016  
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745315904 Published December 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745315959 Published December 2015 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
 
French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan has been a major influence on a wide range of twentieth-century thought, even as the breadth, complexity, and obscurity of his work has intimidated students and deterred casual readers. That situation hasn’t been helped by uneven translations into English that have led to a popular conception of his intellectual enterprise that can at times be profoundly mistaken.
 
In this brief, clearly written introduction to Lacan and his work, Martin Murray presents an up-to-date survey of his key concepts, their development, and their influence on fields such as anthropology, linguistics, and philosophy. Arguing strongly that we should move beyond the traditional focus on Lacan’s early work, which favored a linguistic approach, Murray offers instead a more comprehensive overview of the whole arc of Lacan’s thought. The result is a rigorous, yet accessible, account of one of the key intellectual figures of the twentieth century.
Contents
1. Stopping and Starting
2. Sweet and Sour
3. Sense and Nonsense
4. Man and Window
5. I and I
6. Fight and Flight
7. Word and Wish
8. Ending and Beginning

Notes
Bibliography of Works by Lacan
General Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Choice
"Murray has written a fine introduction to psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan (1901–81) and his challenges (intellectual and personal) to modern notions of how to define and approach such things as human agency, desire, perception, and creativity.  Among the many, and continually proliferating, introductions to Lacan's often abstruse and dense work, this book stands out for its clarity and range: Murray combines the historical, the biographical, and the conceptual with an adroitness not often exemplified in introductory treatments.  Particularly compelling is Murray's attention to the early period of Lacan's personal and intellectual life, as revealed in discussion of the formative relationship to Lacan's work of surrealism and the thought of philosopher Georges Bataille.  Useful for anyone interested in 20th-century thought, French intellectual history, or psychoanalysis, this book deserves a space on the shelves of even those who have already amassed a significant number of introductions to Lacanian thought. Highly recommended."
Jonathan Gil Harris, Ashoka University
"Murray talks about Lacan in a way that nobody has before: he explains in crystal clear, easily understandable language not just what the notoriously opaque Lacan's ideas were "about," but also the various shaping forces—personal, historical, cultural, ideological, artistic—that were "about" Lacan and contributed to his thought and practice. This is a book we have needed for a long, long time."
Vicky Lebeau, University of Sussex
"Murray has found ways to think both with and about Jacques Lacan. With extraordinary intellectual generosity (and some humour), he forges a form of psychoanalytic sensibility that is vitalized, not exhausted, by the dazzle and difficulty of its subject. This book is unique in its approach to introducing Lacan: slowly, patiently and variously, it stays with us in the mayhem of Lacan’s innovations in psychoanalysis—and supports us in the ongoing work of making a sort of sense from it."
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