Death and Desire: Psychoanalytic Theory in Lacan's Return to Freud

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1334. Reviews the book, Death and Desire: Psychoanalytic Theory in Lacan's Return to Freud by Richard Boothby (see record 1991-98683-000). Boothby examines Freudian texts through the lens of Lacanian theory to reposition the theme of the death instinct in psychoanalysis. Boothby asserts that Lacan's innovations synthesize essential Freudian tenets and that the death instinct is closely related to the notion of imaginary alienation. He focuses on Freud's concern with the nature of fate and desire, describing Lacan's reinterpretation of this central point. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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