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Literature and Psychoanalysis$
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Jeremy Tambling

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086731

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086731.001.0001

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Between literature and psychoanalysis

Between literature and psychoanalysis

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Literature and Psychoanalysis

Jeremy Tambling

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the psychoanalytic criticism of literature, through Lacan, and Derrida, on ‘The Purloined Letter’. Derrida accuses Lacan of framing Poe's story to produce his own meaning: by omitting from his triangular structure the fourth voice that narrates, and which has another vision from the ones already discussed. Derrida argues that the itinerary of the letter is made to indicate castration as true of the woman: the truth remains, but the feminised position cannot claim it, because it is marked by lack. The chapter concludes with the Deleuzian critique of psychoanalysis, in seeing it as putting all the stress on the single subject, rather than in the conditions of discourse which construct that subject.

Keywords:   psychoanalytic criticism, Purloined Letter, psychoanalysis, Derrida, Lacan, castration, feminism

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