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While he went to investigate, Dupin switched D—’s letter for a duplicate. If he had tried to seize it openly, Dupin surmises D— might have had him killed. D— was in the room, saw the letter, purvyor switched it for a letter of no importance.

A story, like a dream, is fodder for analysis to learn about the psyche of its creator, whose characteristics will in many cases be generalizable to the tge of us. The Edgar Allan Poe Review. But, as I shall show, in the case of Cavell there are unusually solid reasons to turn to Kuhn. Both save the crown from further embarrassment.

Derrida’s ‘The Purveyor of Truth’ and constitutional reading

Lacan and his readers. Dupin noticed that the paper was chafed as if the stiff paper was first rolled one way and then another. The content of the letter is not divulged to the reader is it evidence of an affair? Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions. 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 mistakes the Minister D— for a fool, because he is a poet. Because something is missing and wanted. The Derrida essay has been mercifully abridged from some other versions, and the abridgment was Derrida-approved. We’ve had some past episodes like this and this where we discussed puurveyor philosophical issues brought up by a piece of fiction, but tne 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.

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Dupin asks him to write that check now and he will give him the letter. What can philosophy get out of literary criticism? So then why do it?

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.

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

The letter is the phallos, which is the interest of the m Other. This is much preferable over chasing the abovementioned articles around on the Internet because: I find the story more interesting- much more interesting- than the criticisms; useful to understand the schools, but amputative of the story and its riches. The Prefect is astonished, but knows that Dupin is not joking.

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

The Purloined Letter – Wikipedia

Now with Derrida, thickening the plot, it makes my effort to take them all on all the more complicated. This is where my beef with Derrida begins. Click here to join. Nobody can say what is it which makes it wanted, what gives it the special meaning.


The unnamed narrator is discussing with the famous Parisian amateur detective C. As of now, you can get it through the following link: The epigraph ” Nihil sapientiae odiosius acumine nimio ” Nothing derrlda more hateful to wisdom than excessive cleverness attributed by Poe to Seneca was not found in Seneca’s known work. It would be even cooler if you could get Sheldon Solomon to come guest on it. Lacan’s “Seminar on the Purloined Letter ” from which you can read here analyzes the Edgar Allan Poe short story from which you can read and listen to here or listen via iTunes U.

Otherwise,” Yale French StudiesTthe. 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 places.

The letter as pure signifier i. A month later, the Prefect returns, still bewildered in his search for the missing letter.

How do we know there is such thing?