The Écrits was Jacques Lacan’s single most important text, a landmark in psychoanalysis which epitomized his aim of returning to Freud via structural linguistics, philosophy and literature. Reading Lacan’s Écrits is the first extensive set of commentaries on the complete edition of Lacan’s Écrits to be published in English.

An invaluable document in the history of psychoanalysis, and one of the most challenging intellectual works of the twentieth century, Lacan’s Écrits still today begs the interpretative engagement of clinicians, scholars, philosophers and cultural theorists. The three volumes of Reading Lacan’s Écrits offer just this: a series of systematic paragraph-by-paragraph commentaries – by some of the world’s most renowned Lacanian analysts and scholars – on the complete edition of the Écrits, inclusive of lesser known articles such as ‘Kant with Sade’, ‘The Youth of Gide’, ‘Science and Truth’, ‘Presentation on Transference’ and ‘Beyond the "Reality Principle".

The originality and importance of Lacan’s Écrits to psychoanalysis and intellectual history is matched only by the text’s notorious inaccessibility. Reading Lacan’s Écrits is an indispensable companion piece and reference-text for clinicians and scholars exploring Lacan's magnum opus. Not only does it contextualize, explain and interrogate Lacan's arguments, it provides multiple interpretative routes through this most labyrinthine of texts.

Reading Lacan’s Écrits provides an incisive and accessible companion for psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists in training and in practice, as well as philosophers, cultural theorists and literary, social science and humanities researchers who wish to draw upon Lacan’s pivotal work.

chapter 1|20 pages

The Signification of the Phallus

ByTodd McGowan

chapter 2|25 pages

In Memory of Ernest Jones

On His Theory of Symbolism
ByFilip Geerardyn, Alain Pringels

chapter 3|20 pages

On an Ex Post Facto Syllabary

ByYael Goldman Baldwin

chapter 4|26 pages

Some Guiding Remarks for a Convention on Female Sexuality

ByEve Watson

chapter 5|18 pages

The Youth of Gide, or the Letter and Desire

ByJean-Michel Rabaté

chapter 6|58 pages

Kant with Sade

ByDany Nobus

chapter 8|35 pages

Position of the Unconscious

ByPaul Verhaeghe

chapter 9|9 pages

On Freud’s “Trieb” and the Psychoanalyst’s Desire

ByTheo Reeves-Evison

chapter 10|40 pages

Science and Truth

ByEd Pluth

chapter 11|14 pages

Metaphor of the Subject

ByStephanie Swales