Birth of the Other
by Rosine Lefort and Robert Lefort
University of Illinois Press, 1994
Paper: 978-0-252-06393-0 | Cloth: 978-0-252-01900-5
Library of Congress Classification RJ504.2.L4413 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 618.928917

   Originally published as Naissance de l' Autre (1980), Birth
        of the Other offers a rare look at language acquisition from a Lacanian
        perspective. In 1951-52 Rosine Lefort conducted the treatment of two largely
        preverbal children, guiding them through psychoanalysis and meticulously
        documenting their activities. Lefort has applied her subsequent training
        in Lacanian theory to these early case notes, which provide remarkably
        lucid examples of exceedingly difficult concepts.
      This exceptional work thus clarifies many misconceptions about psychoanalytic
        theory, furnishes unique insight into what Lacan calls the "time
        of analysis," and grants a clearer understanding of the relationship
        between language and the unconscious.
      "Anyone interested in
        Lacan's psychoanalytical theories should not fail to read these revealing
        clinical studies by one of Lacan's most authoritative and lucid interpreters."
        -- Herman Rapaport, author of Between the Sign and the Gaze

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