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Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan Jennifer Murray

Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan By Jennifer Murray

Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan by Jennifer Murray


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Summary

How Lacanian psychoanalysis illuminates the enigmas of human subjectivity at the heart of Alice Munro's fiction.

Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan Summary

Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan by Jennifer Murray

It is unlikely that Jacques Lacan and Alice Munro were ever aware of each other's work. Yet, because of Munro's intuitive grasp of the complexities of human subjectivity and her ability to articulate subtleties and ambiguities, her fiction shares many of the insights of Lacan's theoretical advancements of the same period. They are both concerned with bringing the obscure undercurrents of the psyche to light. Jennifer Murray's Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan brings the works of the writer and the psychoanalyst into dialogue, offering innovative interpretations of a selection of Munro's stories. Approached from a Lacanian perspective, a close reading of Munro's texts reveals the libidinal energy at the heart of the stories and offers particular insight into aspects such as shame and humiliation - feelings that Munro presents with disconcerting acuity. Taking into account stories both of childhood and of adult experiences, Murray analyses the child's bewilderment as she confronts the incomprehensibility of parental injunctions and symbolic functions, while stories about women later in life speak of subjectivity in the field of relationships, where desire, and love are central concerns. Including extended reflections on fantasy, sublimation, persistence of purpose, transmission, love, and the roles of both paternal and maternal figures in Munro's work, Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan also reshapes literary debate on feminine subjectivity and sexuality.

Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan Reviews

This is an intellectually exciting and stylistically elegant work. Its principal claim that the writings of Alice Munro and Jacques Lacan can be read together because they approach aspects of subjectivity, being, and desire in similar ways is persuasively defended and artfully demonstrated. Naomi Morgenstern, University of Toronto

About Jennifer Murray

Jennifer Murray is associate professor of North American literature at the University of Franche-Comte .

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NPB9780773547810
9780773547810
0773547819
Reading Alice Munro with Jacques Lacan by Jennifer Murray
New
Hardback
McGill-Queen's University Press
2016-11-30
208
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