The Lacanian Author

The book studies a psychological phenomenon called natural symbolization coined by the famous twentieth century French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan.

Jacques Lacan was a follower of Freudian psychoanalytic theory. He expanded on it with inputs from social anthropology and linguistics. He is read widely as one of the post-modern thinkers and there are numerous books on the subject.

The focus of this book is on the juxtaposition of psychoses with creative genius. In Lacanian theory nothing is irrelevant. Therefore focus has been on his seminars where the discussion of poetic skill appears along with identity, primary symbolization and delusion.

For ages man has grappled with the question of birth and a growth from a tiny speck to sophisticated machinery that is human. The native acquires social and cultural features to grow further into a being.

An author is a queer being. He is eccentric, rebellious and unreasonable. He writes. The book explores what is to be an author and what is the value of his writings for him.

Dr. Anuradha Bhattacharyya is Assistant Professor of English in PG Govt. College, Sector-11, Chandigarh, a UPSC position. She has been publishing her poetry since 1998. Her engagement with writing has been since the nineteen eighties when there were no computers. She used to write in a diary.

She completed her masters in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata with European Literature, Psychoanalysis and D. H. Lawrence as her specialization. From then on she continued her study of Freud and Lacan acquiring a PhD from IIT, Kharagpur and teaching thereafter.Dr. Anuradha Bhattacharyya is Assistant Professor of English in PG Govt. College, Sector-11, Chandigarh, a UPSC position. She has been publishing her poetry since 1998. Her engagement with writing has been since the nineteen eighties when there were no computers. She used to write in a diary.

Dr. Anuradha Bhattacharyya has published three books of poetry from Writers Workshop, Kolkata and many stray poems and short stories in various journals. Her research papers and research scholars’ works are infused with psychoanalytic insight. She has written two novels: The Road Taken and One Word. Currently, a collection of her critical essays is in the press. It is on some of the classics of twentieth century European literature focusing on their surrealist aspect.

Anuradha Bhattacharyya: The Lacanian Author
Anuradha Bhattacharyya: The Lacanian Author

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