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The Palgrave Lacan Series

Reading Lacan’s Seminar VIII

Transference

Editors: Basu Thakur, Gautam, Dickstein, Jonathan (Eds.)

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  • Presents innovative conceptual engagements with material on transference newly available to an Anglophone audience
  • Examines at a granular pace, the individual chapters of Lacan’s text, treating one or two at a time
  • Offers an essential companion text to Lacan’s Seminar VIII for both first-time readers and advanced scholars
  • Provides fresh insights on transference that will be of interest to both clinicians and theorists working in the fields of psychoanalysis, film, literature and culture
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This book provides 18 lively commentaries on Lacan’s Seminar VIII, Transference (1960-61) that explore its theoretical and philosophical consequences in the clinic, the classroom, and society. Including contributions from clinicians as well as scholars working in philosophy, literature, and culture studies, the commentaries presented here represent a wide-range of disciplinary perspectives on the concept of transference. Some chapters closely follow the structure of the seminar’s sessions, while others take up thematic concerns or related sessions such as the commentary on sessions 19 to 22 which deal with Lacan’s discussion of Claudel’s Coûfontaine trilogy. 
This book is not a compendium to Lacan’s seminar. Instead it attempts to capture through shorter contributions a spectrum of voices debating, deliberating, and learning with Lacan’s concept. In doing so it can be seen to engage with transference conceptually in a manner that matches the spirit of Lacan’s seminar itself.
The book will provide an invaluable new resource for Lacan scholars working across the fields of psychoanalytic theory, clinical psychology, philosophy and cultural studies.


About the authors

Gautam Basu Thakur is associate professor of English at Boise State, USA and author of Postcolonial Theory and Avatar (2015) and Postcolonial Lack (2020) and co-editor of Lacan and the Nonhuman (2018).
Jonathan Dickstein is an Independent Scholar of Lacanian psychoanalysis, computer science, and mathematics. He is the co-editor of Lacan and the Nonhuman (2018).

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“This indispensable collection is requisite for making one’s way through Lacan’s Seminar VIII. This pivotal seminar’s role in the turn of Lacan’s thought after the Ethics seminar has long been unexplored territory. But the essays included here make it clear that this seminar on the transference displays Lacan at the height of his powers. If one wants to understand what he’s thinking at the key turning point of his thought, this volume is an absolute necessity.” (Todd McGowan, Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont, USA)    

Table of contents (23 chapters)

Table of contents (23 chapters)
  • Toward an Erotics of Truth: Commentary on Session I

    Pages 1-13

    Hook, Derek

  • “Set and Characters” and “The Metaphor of Love: Phaedrus”—Commentary on Sessions II and III

    Pages 15-41

    Mills, Dan

  • “The Psychology of the Rich: Pausanias”—Commentary on Session IV

    Pages 43-50

    Swales, Stephanie

  • “Medical Harmony: Eryximachus”—Commentary on Session V

    Pages 51-59

    Neill, Calum

  • First as Comedy, Then as Tragicomedy: Castration, Atopia, and Ab-Sex Sense—Commentary on Sessions VI and VII

    Pages 61-75

    Ballas, Anthony

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-32742-2
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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reading Lacan’s Seminar VIII
Book Subtitle
Transference
Editors
  • Gautam Basu Thakur
  • Jonathan Dickstein
Series Title
The Palgrave Lacan Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32742-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32742-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32741-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 301
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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