Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy is an introduction to the emerging field of Lacanian Discourse Analysis. It includes key papers that lay the foundations for this research, and worked examples from analysts working with a range of different texts. The editors Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar begin with an introduction which reviews the key themes in discourse analysis and the problems faced by researchers in that field of work including an overview of the development of discourse analysis in different disciplines (psychology, sociology, cultural studies and political and social theory). They also set out the conceptual and methodological principles of Lacan's work insofar as it applies to the field of discourse.

Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar have divided the book into three main sections. The first section comprises previously published papers, some not yet available in English, which set out the foundations for 'Lacanian Discourse Analysis'. The chapters establish the first lines of research, and illustrate how Lacanian psychoanalysis is transformed into a distinctive approach to interpreting text when it is taken out of the clinical domain. The second and third parts of the book comprise commissioned papers in which leading researchers from across the social sciences, from the English-speaking world and from continental Europe and Latin America, show how Lacanian Discourse Analysis works in practice.

Lacan, Discourse, Event: New Psychoanalytic Approaches to Textual Indeterminacy is intended to be a definitive volume bringing together writing from the leaders in the field of Lacanian Discourse Analysis working in the English-speaking world and in countries where Lacanian psychoanalysis is part of mainstream clinical practice and social theory. It will be of particular interest to psychoanalysts of different traditions, to post-graduate and undergraduate researchers in psycho-social studies, cultural studies, sociology and social anthropology.

chapter |13 pages


Lacanian theory, discourse analysis and the question of the ‘event'

part I|83 pages

Lacan, and Foundations of a New Research Paradigm

chapter 3|14 pages

Lacanian Discourse Analysis

Seven elements 1

chapter 4|14 pages

Negotiating Text with Lacan

Theory into practice 1

chapter 6|21 pages


Structure or event? 1

part II|121 pages

Discourse, and the Elaboration of Concepts for Analysis

chapter 7|8 pages

From the Superego to the Act

Analysis of the modalities of subjective positions in discourse

chapter 8|9 pages

Repetition, Discourse and the Event

From Kierkegaard to Lacan

chapter 9|10 pages

The Unconscious is Politics

Psychoanalysis and other discourses

chapter 10|12 pages

Formalisation and Context

Some elements of a materialist reading of Lacan's ‘four discourses’ 1

chapter 12|12 pages

Capitalism and the Act

From content to form and back again

chapter 14|12 pages

The Borromean Knot as Operator of Philosophical Compossibility

Discourse, structure and event in Lacan, Foucault and Badiou

chapter 17|11 pages

Creation in the Vortex of the Real

Badiou and discourse analysis

part III|117 pages

Event, and Analysis of Indeterminacy in Discourse

chapter 18|12 pages

Permutations of the Combinatory

chapter 21|13 pages

Subjectivity in Lacanian Discourse Analysis

Trauma and political speech

chapter 22|9 pages

The Author and the Act *

chapter 23|12 pages

Becoming other to Oneself

Misreading the researcher through Lacanian Discourse Analysis

chapter 25|11 pages

In the Beginning there was Repetition

Reflections on the word of the Montoneros

chapter 26|12 pages

The Rupture of the Real

Resistance and recuperation in recent Serbian cinema

chapter 27|13 pages

From the Word to the Event

Limits, possibilities and challenges of Lacanian Discourse Analysis

chapter |9 pages


Lacanian domains of practice and forms of event in analysis