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Daniel C. Bristow – Seminars VII and XVIII with XXIII – On A University Discourse that might not be Joycean


THE LETTER 61 Spring 2016, pages 45-75


This essay attempts to elucidate a new way in which to envisage Joycean discourse, which has so often beenyoked to that of the university discourse outlined by Lacan in a fourfold schema in Seminar XVII, The Other Side of Psychoanalysis. To reach this goal it puts the aforementioned Seminar into relief against Seminars XVIII, On a Discourse that Might not be a Semblance and XXIII, Le sinthome, as well as against work of a third interlocutor, Jacques Derrida. To move towards a conceptualisation of Joycean discourse, it takes into consideration multiform Lacanian themes, such as ‘enverity’, the sinthome, the Name-of-the-Father, enjoyment and semblance, and reads them against the work of Joyce, particularly Finnegans Wake.

On A University Discourse that might not be Joycean

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