Telling Tales of Love: Philosophy, Literature, and Psychoanalysis

Charles Shepherdson

in Lacan and the Limits of Language

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780823227662
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235353 | DOI:
Telling Tales of Love:             Philosophy, Literature, and Psychoanalysis

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This chapter approaches the limit of language in narcissism itself, insofar as the “time” of narcissism, and the very structure of the temporality of the subject, necessarily refers us to something that is not inscribed in history, an absolute past that organizes narrative but cannot be reduced to the narratives that seek to describe it. It presents an encounter between literature (Ovid), philosophy (Plotinus), and psychoanalysis (Kristeva and Freud); and the question of love is not unrelated to these crossings.

Keywords: Jacques Lacan; narcissism; Kristeva; Plotinus; Ovid; Freud

Chapter.  9361 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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