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Marion Deane – Subject and Subject-Matter


The Letter No57 (Autumn 2014) pages 47-54


Based upon ‘The Psychoanalytic Discourse: A Second Reading of Lacan’s L’Etourdit’ by Christian Fierens, I look at ‘The Tollund Man’ by Seamus Heaney as the first stage of a process. I consider the limitations of certain hermeneutic tactics brought to my first hearing it. Then, I consider a hypothetical situation, in which the words were spoken and heard in a psychoanalytic setting. I examine the further inadequacies of these interpretive strategies for such a situation together with the possibility of going beyond them.


Keywords: delusion of interpretation, unary trait, semantic equivocation, infra-linguistic differance 

Subject and Subject-Matter

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