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The Subject of Psychosis


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Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: FIRST ERA: THE AGE OF IMAGINARY IDENTIFICATION Psychosis as a Disorder at the Level of the Imaginary PART II: SECOND ERA: THE AGE OF THE SIGNIFIER Towards a Structural Study of Psychosis Foreclosure and its Vicissitudes A Novel Approach to Hallucinations Delusions Scrutinized PART III: THIRD ERA: THE AGE OF THE OBJECT A The Object a and Jouissance in Psychosis PART IV: FOURTH ERA: THE AGE OF THE KNOT Psychosis within the Logic of Knotting and Linking Bibliography Index

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STIJN VANHEULE is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Consulting at Ghent University, Belgium, and a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. He is the author of multiple papers on Lacanian and Freudian psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic research into psychopathology, and clinical psychodiagnostics.


"[Vanheule's] clear expository style displays an impressive command of Lacanian theory that will be instructive for anyone who wishes to grasp the difficult logic of Lacan's project. [ ] The Subject of Psychosis may be the clearest and most rigorous analysis of Lacanian theory in print." Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

"This text offers an excellent reading of Lacan's development of a theory of the subject of psychosis that should serve as a springboard into the practise of the psychoanalytic clinic today." - Theory and Psychology

"The Subject of Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective is an extraordinarily clear decomposition of Lacan's trajectory from surrealist concerns with representations of madness to literary attempts to signifierise it." Psychoanalytical Notebooks

"An important contribution to Lacanian work in English, Vanheule's text is a much-needed, theoretically clear, lucid, sophisticated and critical understanding of Lacanian theory on psychosis." - Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society

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