Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 336–339 | Cite as

Lacan: In spite of everything

Élisabeth Roudinesco Translated by Gregory Elliott, London, Verso, 2014, 161 pp., $24.95, paper, ISBN: 978-1-78168-162-6
  • Derek Hook
Book Review
On the face of it, Élisabeth Roudinesco’s new book is something of an oddity. Following the scholarly efforts that went into her previous texts on Lacan – particularly the formidable Jacques Lacan: An Outline of a Life and History of a System of Thought (1997) – her new text, Lacan: In Spite of Everything, cannot but amount to a modest undertaking. Motivated in part by a series of observations derived from the biographical research underpinning her previous work, it is, strictly speaking, an account not so much of Lacan, but of the task of researching him, and of the many frustrations the author encountered as part of this project (the lack of viable evidence about Lacan’s childhood, the inaccessibility of much of his surviving estate, the non-existence of a viable archive). The book is also a collection of reflections on how various of Lacan’s personal idiosyncrasies connect to facets of his thought. Hence, comments of the following sort:

Lacan was his own mother, his own father, his...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA

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