The Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis by D. Evans is unavoidably a necessary possession practising as an analyst. In this precious book, Dylan Evans offers around 200 entries of Lacanian concepts. Those are explained clearly while retracing their history throughout Lacan’s evolving edifice. In contrast to Laplanche and Pontalis’ Language of Psychoanalysis – a comparison which arguably is not entirely justifiable, it will be confessed –  Evans dictionary appears in my view much less daunting, more succinct in its style and approach.

In each concept that is explained one will find embedded in it at least one reference to yet another Lacanian notion whose writing in capital letters conveniently let the reader know that this one also is explained at the corresponding page, perfectly illustrating the idea of the ‘chain of signifiers’ at the core of Lacan’s work. I, for one, almost always find it a struggle not to get caught jumping from one definition to another whenever I open Evans’ book. I guess a Lacanian would suggest that this Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis may be understood as a vehicle of metonymic desire.

 

See also Bruce Fink Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis

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Product details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (2 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780415135238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415135238

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