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Always dialectical and revelling in paradox, Lacan’s writing (collected in Ecrits) is notoriously difficult. Transcripts of six of his seminars have been translated into English.

See also: imaginary; psychoanalysis; subject

Further reading

Lacan, J. (various years) The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, J.-A.Miller (ed.), New York: Norton. (Books I, II, III, VII, XI, and XX have been translated into English.)

Roudinesco, E. (1997) Jacques Lacan, New York: Columbia University Press. Weber, S. (1991) Return to Freud: Jacques Lacan’s Dislocation of Psychoanalysis,

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Zižek, S. (1991) Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular

Culture, Boston: MIT Press. ANGELO RESTIVO

A theoretical concept that plays across many interrelated registers, lack is connected to:

• the traumatic discovery of sexual difference; • the lack of being that accrues to both subject and object in the wake of language; • the essential condition of the human subject as desiring; • the constitutive incompleteness of all signifying systems.