Unformatted text preview: The self is always constituted in relation to language and to other people. Lacan advances his theory in opposition to an understanding of the self as an autonomous and self-contained entity. Such autonomy represents for Lacan a profound illusion, a misrecognition (or “mèconnaissance”) of the fundamentally alienated quality of existence. 1. Why does Lacan write in the way that he does? 2. Why does Lacan refer to the development of an “I” or sense of self identity as “the assumption of . . . armour” (1288)? 3. How would Lacan address the idea of a blind child? 4. What might the goal of Lacanian analysis be? 5. At the end of his essay Lacan speaks to the task of the analyst and opposes it to the activities of “the philanthropist, the idealist, the pedagogue, and even the reformer” (1290); these latter he characterizes as fundamentally aggressive in nature. Why? 6. What kind of resources might Lacan offer to literary scholars?...
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- Spring '07
- Literary Theory, Jacques Lacan, Discussion Questions Lacan