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Topic for #75: Lacan & Derrida on Literary Criticism: Poe’s “The Purloined Letter”

It is said to contain compromising information. Dupin asks the Prefect if he knows what he is seeking and the Prefect reads off yhe minute description of the letter, which Dupin memorizes.

If he had tried to seize it openly, Dupin surmises D— might have had him killed. Pease suggests that Lacan “equates the possession of a letter—defined as a ‘lack’ of content—with ‘literal’ as opposed to ‘symbolic’ castration, hence the odor of the feminine. He is motivated to continue his fruitless search by the promise of a large reward, recently doubled, upon the letter’s safe return, and he will pay 50, francs to anyone who can help him.

Dupin concluded that D— wrote a new address on the reverse of the stolen one, re-folded it the opposite way and sealed it with his own seal. Dupin left a snuff box behind as an excuse to return the next day. In so many of the psychoanalytic episodes I listen to, there is this sort of uncharitable undertone it seems to have, particularly in this one where Wes was absent. Dupin asks him to write that check now and he will give him the letter. The Prefect is astonished, but knows that Dupin is not joking.

We’ve had some past episodes like this and this where we discussed some philosophical issues brought up by a piece of fiction, but that’s different then the act of doing philosophy through literary criticism, which is supposed to reveal something about our relationship to language, to ideas, to culture. I found this article extremely helpful in getting a handle on the text: Jen, purveyog seems fair and accurate in my judgment. Penn State University Press.


This is much preferable over chasing the abovementioned articles around on the Internet because:. In short, I find all of these writers very dense and of little use in terms of what they actually ultimately say.

They seem more interested in the nature of interpretation than the derriida, the content of which of course Lacan argues IS the nature of interpretation. He explains that D— knew the police detectives would have assumed that the blackmailer would have concealed the letter in an elaborate hiding place, and thus hid it in plain sight. There are supporting essays explaining specifically what Lacan is talking about and giving background on Derrida’s general project.

Kuhn is good and Cavell is very good! Dupin is not a professional detective.

The Purloined Letter – Wikipedia

The tradition of criticism coming from Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida and this is not to minimize the differences between them considers not just how an author creates pjrveyor effect or what themes he or she is trying to convey, but the relationship of a text or other creative work to the human psyche.

The letter is the phallos, which is the interest of the m Other. In other words the ‘possession’ of the lack otherwise displaced by language identifies the possessor with the lack ‘she’ thinks she possesses.

Something that fills the lack of the mOther — what Other desires and as such, we desire.

I would love purvegor have an episode on The Brothers Karamazov because no one else due to the usual brevity of most podcasts will ever do a podcast on it I am sure! This is where my beef with Derrida begins. His men have examined the tables and chairs with magnifying glasses and then probed the cushions with needles but have found no sign of interference; the letter is not hidden in these pirveyor.

A letter has been stolen from the boudoir of an unnamed woman by the unscrupulous Minister D—. While he went to investigate, Dupin switched D—’s letter for a duplicate.

Dupin wins because of derroda moral strength: Cavell is an acquired taste for me at least to read but well worth the effort and some excellent secondary sources out there and he is a quite accessible lecturer: Auguste Dupin some of his pjrveyor celebrated cases when they are joined by the Prefect of the Police, a man known as G—.


Lacan in particular used literature not uncommonly, following Freud and others to help explain points of his psychoanalytic project. There’s some background on psychoanalytic reading in general, including an essay by Marie Bonapartea patient and student well, “associate” of Freud, whose more overtly sex-obsessed reading was read and criticized by Lacan.

The Prefect says that he and his police detectives have searched the Ministerial hotel where D— stays and have found nothing. If it, for example, would be made to movie: The story shows, presents, how this could be written in example. As of now, you can get it through the following link: Lacan’s point is to investigate ” repetition automatism ,” which was a puzzle for Freud: Otherwise,” Yale French StudiesNos.

The Derrida essay has been mercifully abridged from some other versions, and the abridgment was Derrida-approved. He writes the check and Dupin produces the letter. PEL Citizens also have free access to podcast transcripts, guided readings, episode guides, PEL music, and other citizen-exclusive material. Complaining of weak eyes he wore a pair of green spectacles, the true purpose of which was to disguise his eyes as he searched for the letter.

The Prefect then bids them good day. Poe’s Detective Story drrida. Poe’s story provoked a debate among literary theorists in the s and s. Because something is missing and wanted. Click here to join. The unnamed narrator is discussing with the famous Parisian amateur detective C.

I enjoyed The Purloined Letter. Muller and William J. The epigraph ” Nihil sapientiae odiosius acumine nimio ” Nothing is more hateful to wisdom than excessive cleverness attributed by Poe to Seneca was not found in Seneca’s known work. He has been blackmailing his victim. We cannot speak or write without figures.