Jacques Lacan's commentaries on Freud had revolutionary implications not only for the analytic movement but also for contemporary philosophy and literary criticism. Lacan held that if the unconscious, as Freud described it, exists, it functions linguistically, rather than symbolically or instinctually. He refers to the unconscious as a language: "the discourse of the Other." In The Language of the Self Lacan offers a significant and fertile return to the heart of the Freudian texts.
Originally published in paperback under the title Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis, this book is based on Anthony Wilden's translation of "Fonction et champ de la parole et du langage en psychanalyse," a 1953 article that became a manifesto for a generation interested in a new reading of Freud. Wilden expands and amplifies the text with extensive notes and a commentary that places Lacan's work in the context of contemporary thought. -- from the publisher
"This work excites . . . and fascinates."—Le Monde
"Anthony Wilden's translation . . . will be of great interest to psychologists, linguists, and literary critics. His brilliant introduction and commentary provide the context necessary for an understanding of Lacan's place in the history of the 'human sciences.'"—J. Hillis Miller
"A book which will richly reward close study by anyone interested in the implications of Freud's discourses for our time."—Jan Miel
About the Author:
Jacques Lacan (1901-81) is the author of numerous works on psychoanalysis, philosophy, and literary theory. Anthony Wilden is the author of several books, including Man & Woman, War & Peace.