One of the groovy things about our new “open” society is how venerated institutions of higher learning like Yale are being strong-armed into sharing their course content online with the unwashed masses (aka you and me). This means you don’t have to go to The Interwebs or TedX to get quasi scholarly ramblings about your favorite intellectuals or ideas: you can get qualified scholarly ramblings instead.
Paul Fry has a named chair at Yale in English and Literary Theory and has done work on psychoanalytic criticism. This hour long seminar on Lacan covers key Lacanian concepts from a psychoanalytic perspective but works as an explication of these ideas in a philosophical context as well. Additionally, this lecture serves as a good bridge between our struggle with Lacan as philosopher and the reading of Poe’s Purloined Letter we’re about to undertake.
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