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Topic for #75: Lacan & Derrida on Literary Criticism: Poe’s “The Purloined Letter”

The letter is the phallos, which is the interest of the m Other. Glad to see that someone else is still struggling through this stuff. Auguste Derria some of his most celebrated cases when they are joined by the Prefect of the Police, a man known as G—. It is from Petrarch’s treatise “De Remediis utriusque Fortunae”. As of now, you can get it through the following link: The debate up to the mids is collected in a helpful though incomplete volume, The Purloined Poe. I also found it helpful to look at Poe’s essay “Philosophy of Composition,” which exemplifies how Poe actually worked.

While he went to investigate, Dupin switched D—’s letter for a duplicate. Our lives have the meaning we assign to them up until our deaths or brain deathand we order our world based on them.

There is never a question that a king could or should fall from grace. Cavell is an acquired taste for me at least to read but well worth the effort and some excellent secondary sources out there and he is a quite accessible lecturer: It would be even cooler if you could get Sheldon Solomon to come guest on it. A letter has been stolen from the boudoir of an unnamed woman by the unscrupulous Minister D—.

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Click here to join. Poe’s Detective Story vs. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Dfrrida was not the only factor for success, but it was and is still today regarded by the majority — maybe ALL — psychoanalysts, whether they are ego, object, Freudian, or other.

Your email address will not be published. The unnamed narrator is discussing with the famous Parisian amateur detective C.

When ordinary language philosophy is read through the lens of poststructuralism, misunderstandings are inevitable. It first appeared in the literary annual The Gift for and was soon reprinted in numerous journals and newspapers. Dupin wins because of his moral strength: There’s some background on psychoanalytic reading in general, including an essay by Marie Bonapartea patient and student well, “associate” of Freud, whose more overtly sex-obsessed reading was read and criticized by Lacan.


Each episode, we pick a text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. Further, the idea that signs are dictated by the symbolic world we exist in may be freeing in a sense that it helps us to see there may be other ways to see, but ultimately the nature of seeing involves symbols, and we have to make conclusions about things.

Notify me of new posts by email. In so many of the psychoanalytic episodes I listen to, there is this sort of uncharitable undertone it seems to have, particularly in this one where Wes was absent.

Even though Lacan is notoriously suspicious of traditional philosophical claims about truth he unsurprisingly sees all such claims as expressions of psychological and social phenomena instead of their being really about what they claim to beDerrida claims that the old fashioned ” metaphysics of presence ” is still alive and well in Lacan’s analysis, that Lacan depicts derrid act as speech as primary over writing e.

A Prose Poem Dupin is not a professional detective.

Lacan’s point is to investigate ” repetition automatism ,” which was a puzzle for Freud: Dupin says he had visited the minister at his hotel. Editions du Seuil,pp. Muller and William J. His men have examined the tables and chairs with magnifying glasses and then probed the cushions with needles but have found no sign of interference; the letter is not hidden in these places. As a representation of the situation of analysis — patient and therapist — with regards to the minister, he is no therapist at all functionally, but an extorter — or something, we assume which is another question if we keep delving into the question of western thought.

The content of the letter is not divulged to the reader is it evidence of an affair? Striking up a conversation with D— about a subject in which the minister is interested, Dupin examined the letter more closely. Dupin himself also poorly figures as an analyst — what he does is for money participates in aiding the prefect and the queen suppress — or repress, depending how we take the story expressionistic or other — the letter, which is to say the content that would presumably reach the consciousness of the king.


The wandering, permanent para-basis of meaning, the difference, and deference, the binary, on and on — ultimately seems to lead to a conclusion that all meaning is arbitrary.

Nobody can say what is it which makes it wanted, what gives it the special meaning.

Topic for # Lacan & Derrida on Literary Criticism: Poe’s “The Purloined Letter”

If he had tried to seize it openly, Dupin surmises D— might have had him killed. The cause of the meaning is beyond reach — like the text in the letter.

Lacan’s “Seminar on the Purloined Letter ” from which you can read here analyzes the Edgar Allan Poe short story from which you can read and listen to here or listen via iTunes U.

They seem more interested in the nature of interpretation than the story, the content of which of course Lacan argues IS the nature of interpretation.

In the essay, he reveals how he crafted ” The Raven ,” i. In “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, Dupin takes up the case for amusement and refuses a financial reward. Dupin asks him to write that check now and he will give him the letter. Retrieved from ” https: The boy was able to determine the intelligence of his opponents and play upon that to interpret their next move.

Dupin concluded that D— wrote a new address on the reverse of the stolen one, re-folded it the opposite way and sealed it with his own seal. Dupin noticed that the paper was chafed as if the stiff paper was first rolled one way and then another. The letter is wanted as is phallosit is hidden until aquiredeverybody wants it desire of the Other defines what one desires. It is the third of his three detective stories featuring the fictional C.