chapter  15
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Interview: Lacan in America

I’m not a psychologist, even if I teach in a department of psychology. I took a few psychology courses as an undergraduate at Cornell and quickly realized that I was primarily interested in psychoanalysis; but already in the 1970s, most of the professors studying psychoanalysis at a university like Cornell were in anthropology, political theory, and comparative literature. I actually came across Lacan via critical theory and was very quickly intrigued by his approach, which I realized was far more Freudian than the approach adopted by the analysts with whom I had had contact in the United States.