Jacques Lacan (1901-81) was one of the most original and controversial thinkers of the post-war period. His ideas had a profound effect on the intellectual movements of his time and his work is of continuing importance to a wide range of disciplines: psychoanalytic theory and practice, literary criticism, critical social theory, linguistics, cinema, art criticism and political science. Lacan's ideas can, however, be notoriously difficult: convoluted, idiosyncratic, arcane, and almost always obscure! A Compendium of Lacanian Terms aims to provide students of Lacan with a clear and helpful exposition on some 40 key terms. Each entry outlines the conceptualisation of the idea, locating it within Lacanian discourse, and the evolution of the term within the development of Lacan's ideas. A list of references is provided at the end of each entry.
About the Authors
Zita Marks is a psychologist at the Australian Catholic University. She is a member of the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis and of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne.
Sara Murphy is a clinical psycholologist at Victoria University and works also as a psychoanalytic consultant. Huguette Glowinski is a clinical psychologist at Deakin University, Melbourne. She is a member of the Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis.