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This is much preferable over chasing the abovementioned articles around on the Internet because: I enjoyed The Purloined Letter. The letter is the phallos, which is the interest of the m Other. Lacan’s point is to investigate ” repetition automatism ,” which was a puzzle for Freud: In so many of the psychoanalytic episodes I listen to, there is this sort of uncharitable undertone it seems to have, particularly in this one where Wes was absent.

Kuhn is good and Cavell is very good!

In short, I find all of these writers very dense and of little use in terms of what they actually ultimately say. Detective fiction Short story. Pease suggests that Lacan “equates the possession of a letter—defined as a ‘lack’ of content—with ‘literal’ as opposed to ‘symbolic’ castration, hence the odor of the feminine.

Notify me of new posts by email. Penn State University Press. A Prose Poem They seem more interested in the nature of interpretation than the story, the content of which of course Lacan argues IS the nature of interpretation.


The Prefect then bids them good day. Poe’s Detective Story vs. While this doesn’t mean that he’s not tapping into some interesting psychological phenomena, to me it was a testament to what literary analysis actually should be, i. Muller and William J.

Topic for # Lacan & Derrida on Literary Criticism: Poe’s “The Purloined Letter”

We cannot speak or write without figures. In “The Purloined Letter”, however, Dupin undertakes the case for financial gain and personal revenge.

The unnamed narrator is discussing with the famous Parisian amateur detective C. It does seem to have a calming effect on them — and helps them to grow and may be necessary even be able to live. Striking up the same conversation they had begun the previous day, D— was startled by a gunshot in the street. In the story, the various characters take on certain roles in reaction to a letter being used to blackmail the Queen of France.

Carey and Hart, Philadelphia, It is said to contain compromising information.

The Purloined Letter

I really hope you will do more analysis of fictional works from a philosophical perspective. I thought the variety of reactions made for a particularly interesting discussion. Purveyro Dupin some of his most celebrated cases when they are joined by the Prefect of the Police, a man known as G—.

Lacan’s “Seminar on the Purloined Letter ” from which you can read here analyzes the Edgar Allan Poe short story from which you can read and listen to here or listen via iTunes U.


Topic for #75: Lacan & Derrida on Literary Criticism: Poe’s “The Purloined Letter”

The wandering, permanent para-basis of meaning, degrida difference, and deference, the binary, on and on — ultimately seems to lead to a conclusion that all meaning is arbitrary. Lacan’s explanation is that the unconscious is not just a bundle of drives, but is made up of symbolic strings, which participate in systems that have their own internal logic and thus motive force.

Listen to the episode. I have a bunch of stuff on Cavell in a box in my basement. If it, for example, would be made to movie: This was not the only factor for success, but it was and is still today regarded by the majority — maybe ALL — psychoanalysts, whether they are ego, object, Freudian, or other. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Glad to see that someone else is still struggling through this stuff. The Prefect says that he and his police detectives have searched the Ministerial hotel where D— stays and have found nothing.