Lacan’s Mirrors

Edmund Leach

  • The Talking Cure: Essays in Psychoanalysis and Language edited by Colin MacCabe
    Macmillan, 230 pp, £20.00, February 1981, ISBN 0 333 23560 6

It is possible that I am asked to comment on this expensive and largely unreadable volume only because its editor has achieved national celebrity by seeming to figure as a sacrificial victim in the recent extraordinary fracas in the Cambridge English Faculty. Sacrifices, as the word indicates, are procedures for improving the ritual status of the victim-donor, and it is entirely appropriate that Dr MacCabe should, in the outcome, have become a full professor (at the University of Strathclyde). But all that has nothing whatever to do with this book.

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