The Subject of Lacan

A Lacanian Reader for Psychologists

Edited by Kareen Ror Malone & Stephen R. Friedlander

Subjects: Psychiatry
Series: SUNY series, Alternatives in Psychology, SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture
Paperback : 9780791446249, 408 pages, June 2000
Hardcover : 9780791446232, 408 pages, June 2000

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Table of contents

List of Figures


Kareen Ror Malone and Stephen R. Friedlander

Part I. Lacan and Psychological Theory
Kareen Ror Malone

1. The Cartesian Subject without the Cartesian Theatre
Slavoj Zizek

2. The Origins and Self-Serving Functions of the Ego
John Muller

3. Socializing Psycholinguistic Discourse: Language as Praxis in Lacan
Suzanne Barnard

4. Lacanian Psychoanalysis and the Neurotic Orientation of Religious Experience
David Metzger

5. No Laughing Matter: Girls' Comics and the Preparation for Adolescent Femininity
Valerie Walkerdine

6. Homosexualities from Freud to Lacan
Robert Samuels

7. Jouissance in the Cure
André Patsalides and Kareen Ror Malone

Part II. Lacan and the Clinic
Stephen R. Friedlander

8. The "Third Party" in Psychoanalysis
Stephen R. Friedlander

9. The Analytic Relationship
Bruce Fink

10. Some Reflections on Lacan's View of Interpretation
Mario L. Beira

11. How Analysis Cures According to Lacan
Mark Bracher

12. The Treatment of Psychosis
Willy Apollon, Danielle Bergeron, and Lucie Cantin

13. Lacan and Family Therapy?! Opening a Space for Lacan in American Clinical Practice
Daniel L. Buccino

Part III. Lacan, Psychology, and Culture
Kareen Ror Malone

14. How the Fact That There Is No Sexual Relation Gives Rise to Culture
Ellie Ragland

15. Femininity and the Limits of Theory
Paola Mieli

16. Why Do People Take Prozac? Anxiety, Symptom, and the Inhibition of Responsibility
Patricia Gherovici

17. Lacan's Social Psychoanalysis: Religion and Community in a Pluralistic Society
David S. Caudill

18. Lacan in America
Donna Bentolila

19. Looking for Lacan: Virtual Psychology
Ian Parker

20. Executors of an Ancient Pact
Lúcia Villela

Glossary of Lacanian Terms

List of Contributors


An accessible introduction to the psychoanalytic theories of Jacques Lacan, intended especially for American psychologists but useful to anyone interested in the work of this important thinker.


Written with the American psychological community in mind, The Subject of Lacan provides an accessible introduction to the psychoanalytic theories of Jacques Lacan. The contributors address issues and theories that define the field of psychology for its practitioners, researchers, and theorists. Focusing on a wide range of topics, including cognitive science, family therapy, psychoanalytic technique, psychotherapy versus psychopharmacology, gender and sexuality, psychology of religion, psycholinguistics, and cultural diversity, this book makes an important contribution to the understanding of the radically innovative character and complexity of Lacanian theory.

Contributors include Willy Apollon, Suzanne Barnard, Mario L. Beira, Donna Bentolila, Danielle Bergeron, Mark Bracher, Daniel L. Buccino, Lucie Cantin, David S. Caudill, Bruce Fink, Stephen R. Friedlander, Patricia Gherovici, Kareen Ror Malone, David Metzger, Paola Mieli, John Muller, Ian Parker, Andre Patsalides, Ellie Ragland, Robert Samuels, Lucia Villela, Valerie Walkerdine, and Slavoj Zoizuek.

Kareen Ror Malone is Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of West Georgia and Stephen R. Friedlander is President of the Friedlander Center for Leadership Development.


"I don't know of anything on Lacan comparable to this book in terms of being both engaging and accurate. It would seem that these authors have, in a sense, been in training for a number of years to make the effort to get Lacan across to the rest of us. This is a rich and superb contribution in an area where almost nothing is available." — Frank C. Richardson, coauthor of Re-envisioning Psychology: Moral Dimensions of Theory and Practice

"What is most striking about this book is the instruction it offers on the core features of Lacan's theories: the chapters invite readers into Lacanian analyses, present intriguing features of his work, and do so without didactic prose or condescending description. It is refreshingly iterative in the sense that chapters revisit and re-present in different form some core features of the model. A gentle yet sophisticated primer on Lacan." — Jill Morawski, author of Practicing Feminisms, Reconstructing Psychology: Notes on a Liminal Science