The trouble with actually getting on with research, for me at least, is that it is usually accompanied by a loss of the inner calendar and an increase of absentmindedness. So while I’ve been doing heaps, I’ve not really been up on documenting any of it.
What’s been keeping my attention? Ellie Ragland-Sullivan, that’s what. Or rather who. She is the author of Jacques Lacan and the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis, a book I have seen referenced in bibliographies all over the place but only recently sought out. What a brilliant resource. Ragland-Sullivan has simultaneously revved up my love of Lacan and confirmed everything I hoped/thought/was convinced is true about how and why I want to apply psychoanalysis to spy fiction. Not that she touches on spy fiction, or any fiction really, in this text. It’s just a clean, clear guide to the inner workings of the development of Lacan’s thought and a brilliant discussion on Anglo-American psychoanalytic approaches in general.
There is very little about Ellie Ragland-Sullivan on the Internet, though it seems she is still teaching somewhere. The closest I managed to get is an article in The Symptom, on Lacan.com, which covers Lacan’s interpretation of Freudian dream analysis, the ego and structures of desire.
Also highly recommended.