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Melville, S. (1994). Lacan: Malcolm Bowie. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991, 244 pp., $19.95 (hardcover), $12.00 (paperback).. Psychoanal. Psychol., 11(1):115-120.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 11(1):115-120

Lacan: Malcolm Bowie. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991, 244 pp., $19.95 (hardcover), $12.00 (paperback).

Review by:
Stephen Melville, Ph.D.

Lacan has now become the name of not only an author and a psychoanalytic school but also a complicated publishing industry, so it is perhaps most useful to begin by locating Bowie's study within the various networks that currently constitute Lacan's reception in the English-speaking world. In the United States, Lacan first arrived piggybacked on what has come to be called theory—or, more narrowly, literary theory. Important early milestones on this itinerary would certainly include the appearance of a key essay (Lacan, 1970) in Ehrmann's anthology Structuralism and Lacan's paper at the Johns Hopkins colloquium, later published as The Structuralist Controversy (Lacan, 1972); one might also mention Wilden's annotated translation of the so-called Discourse of Rome (Lacan, 1968) and the issues of Yale French Studies devoted to the “French Freud” and to the argument between Lacan and the philosopher Jacques Derrida. This network of reception has eventuated in several highly useful commentaries on Lacan, including perhaps most notably Gallop's (1985) Reading Lacan and Felman's (1987) Jacques Lacan and the Adventure of Insight. If there is any single feature that distinguishes this approach to Lacan, it is probably a willingness to engage closely with the detailed fabric—the allusions, ambiguities, and carefully plotted rhetorical maneuvers—of Lacan's writings and seminars. Considerably later, Lacan gained a second American reception that is, or at least aspires to be, more properly psychoanalytic.

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