Lacan: Lack and Desire

  • Roger Horrocks


Probably the most important non-British ‘revisionism’ within psychoanalysis has been provided by Jacques Lacan, the French analyst, who separated from the mainstream psychoanalytical movement in 1953, and has produced a dazzling if difficult body of work.


Sexual Desire Sexual Drive Romantic Love Sexual Excitement Fictive Entity 
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