Bibliography for Psychoanalysis




Anthony Easthope, The Unconscious (Routledge, 2000)

Pamela Thurschwell, Sigmund Freud (Routledge, 2001) 

Jacqueline Rose, Sexuality in the Field of Vision (Verso)

Jacqueline Rose, Why War: Psychoanalysis, Politics and the Return to Melanie Klein (Blackwell, 1993)

Michael Payne, Reading Theory (Blackwell, 1993)

John Sturrock, ed., Structuralism and Since (OUP, 1980)




1. Primary texts by Lacan in translation.



Lacan, Jacques. Seminar I. Freud’s Papers on Technique. CUP, 1987.


Lacan, Jacques. Seminar VII: Ethics. CUP, 1987.


Lacan, Jacques. Seminar XI: Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis. Trans. Alan Sheridan. Penguin, 1986.


Lacan, Jacques. Ecrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. Tavistock, 1977.


Lacan, Jacques, Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis. Trans. with Notes and Commentary by Anthony Wilden. Johns Hopkins, 1968.


Mitchell, Juliet and Jacqueline Rose, eds.  Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the ecole Freudienne. Macmillan, 1982. (With excellent explanatory introductions).



2.  Expository Works on Lacan.


Flower-McCannell, Juliet. Figuring Lacan. London: Routledge, 1986. Useful for Literature Students.


Grosz, Elizabeth. Jacques Lacan: A Feminist introduction. London: Routledge, 1990.


Lemaire, Anika. Jacques Lacan. London: Routledge, 1979. A “structuralist” introduction.


Ragland-Sullivan, Ellie and Mark Bracher, eds. Lacan and the subject of Language. London: Routledge, 1991. Contains many useful explanatory essays.


Richardson, William J. “Lacan and Non-Philosophy.” Philosophy and Non-Philosophy Since Merleau-Ponty. Ed. Hugh J. Silverman. London: Routledge, 1988. 120-135. Very good on Lacan’s relation to philosophy.


Wright, Elizabeth. Psychoanalytic Criticism: Theory in Practice. London: Routledge, 1986. This basic introduction to psychoanalytic criticism generally, contains useful sections on Lacan.


Zizek, Slavoj. The Sublime Object of Ideology. London: Verso, 1989. An advanced introduction to Lacan via the problem of agency in a postmodern world.



3. Freud.


The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud.  24 Volumes. London: Hogarth Press, 1953-73.  One of the world’s very few utterly essential works.


The  Pelican Freud:

Vol. 4. The Interpretation of Dreams. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976. A masterpiece.  Worth owning.  One of the essential texts for an understanding of psychoanalysis.


Vol. 7. On Sexuality.  Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1977. Important texts in the psychoanalytic destruction of traditional notions of sexuality.


Vol. 14. On Art and Literature. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1978.  How Freud finds psychoanalysis in literature.


The Essential Freud. Not a bad compendium.



4. Psychoanalysis and Melanie Klein


Burgin, Victor, James Donald and Cora Kaplan, eds. Formations of Fantasy. Routledge, 1989. A Stimulating Collection


Klein, Melanie. Envy and Gratitude. Virago, 1988. This founder of the famous “Kleinian” school is currently receiving interest from literary and cultural studies.


Klein, Melanie. Love, Guilt, and Reparation. Virago, 1988.


Klein, Melanie. The Selected Melanie Klein. Mitchell, Juliet. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1986.


Kofman, Sarah. Freud and Fiction. Oxford: Blackwell, 1990.


Laplanche, J. and J.-B. Pontalis. The Language of Psychoanalysis. London: Hogarth, 1973. Fully cross-referenced, the reference guide par-excellence--a dictionary/encyclopaedia.


Phillips, John and Lyndsey Stonebridge, eds. Reading Melanie Klein. London: Routledge, 1998.


Rose, Jacqueline. Why War?  Oxford: Blackwell, 1993. A modern classic.



5. Key titles on the Dreamwork


Jeffrey Mehlman, “Trimethylamin: Notes of Freud’s Specimin Dream.” Untying the

          Text,  ed.  Robert Young  (London: Routledge,  1981)  177-88.


Sarah Kofman,  Freud and Fiction  (London:  Blackwell,  1991)


Meredith Anne Skura,  The Literary Use of the Psychoanalytic Process   (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981)


Jacques Lacan,  “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as revealed in

          Psychoanalytic Experience,” and “The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious:or Reason Since Freud,”  Both in Ecrits  (London: Tavistock, 1977)


Jean-Francois Lyotard,  “The Dream-Work Does Not Think,”  The Lyotard Reader

          ed.  Andrew Benjamin  (London:  Blackwell,  1989)


Shoshana Felman,  “On Reading Poetry:  Reflections on the Limits and Possibilities of Psychoanalytic Approaches,”  The Purloined Poe:  Lacan,  Derrida  and Psychoanalytic Reading,  eds.  John Muller and William J. Richardson (Baltimore:  John Hopkins University, 1988)  133-56.




General Reading on Psychoanalysis, Language, Sexuality and Society



Freud, On Sexuality, Penguin Freud No. 7.


Juliet Mitchell and Jacqueline Rose (eds.) Feminine Sexuality and the Ecole Freudienne (Macmillan, 1982).


Stephen Frosh, “Social Repression,” The Politics of Psychoanalysis (Macmillan, 1985)


Jacques Lacan, “The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious,” Ecrits (Tavistock, 1977).










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