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In other words the ‘possession’ of the lack otherwise displaced by language identifies the possessor with the lack ‘she’ thinks she possesses. Further, even if it were true, we could never really know for sure eerrida because by its nature, the theory of deconstructionism is figurative, or symbolic, as it comes through language, and language is symbolic.

Striking up the same conversation they had begun the previous day, D— was startled by a gunshot in the street.

The Prefect then bids them good day. I thought the variety of reactions made for a particularly interesting discussion. Dupin asks him to write that check now and he will give him the letter. 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 rest of us. 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 is not motivated by pursuing truth, emphasized by the lack of information about the contents of the purloined letter. Dupin explains that the gunshot distraction was arranged by him and that he left a duplicate letter to ensure his ability to leave the hotel without D— suspecting his actions.

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.


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

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As a representation of the situation of analysis — patient and therapist — with regards to the minister, he purveyo no therapist at all functionally, but an extorter — or something, we assume which is another question if we keep delving into the question of western thought. Nobody can say what is it which makes it wanted, what gives it the special meaning.

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The Purloined Letter

While this doesn’t mean that he’s not tapping into some interesting psychological phenomena, to me it was a testament to what literary derridaa actually should be, i. It is said to contain compromising information. Dupin noticed that the paper was chafed as if the stiff paper was first rolled one way and then another.

Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions. It does seem to have a calming effect on them — and helps them to grow and may be necessary even be able to live. These stories are considered to be important early forerunners of the modern detective story. Even though Lacan is notoriously suspicious of traditional philosophical claims about truth derrjda unsurprisingly sees all such claims as expressions of psychological and social phenomena instead of their being really about what they claim to trithDerrida claims that the old off ” metaphysics of presence ” is still alive and well in Lacan’s analysis, that Lacan depicts the act as speech as primary over writing e.

This was not the only factor for success, but it was and is still today regarded by the majority — maybe Purvetor — psychoanalysts, whether they are ego, object, Freudian, or other. Dupin wins because of his moral strength: 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.


I personally felt that TPL trth analyzed by Lacan was to serve as a tool for properly understanding signifiers and the signified. Retrieved from ” https: Buy The Purloined Poe.

The boy was able to determine the intelligence of his opponents and play upon that to interpret their next move. A Prose Poem Detective fiction Short story. The idea has been pushed further, but still foregrounds the subsequent divergences. A month later, the Prefect returns, still bewildered in his search for the missing letter.

Our lives have the meaning we assign to them up until our deaths or brain deathand we order our world based on them. While he went to investigate, Dupin switched D—’s letter for a duplicate. What can philosophy get out of literary criticism?

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

In a cheap card rack hanging from a dirty ribbon, he saw a half-torn letter and recognized it as the letter of the story’s title.

The Prefect has a case he would like to discuss with Dupin. The wandering, permanent para-basis of meaning, the difference, and deference, the binary, on and on — ultimately seems to lead to a conclusion that all meaning is arbitrary.

But, as I shall show, in the case of Cavell there are unusually solid reasons to turn to Kuhn. The cause of the meaning is beyond reach — like the text in the letter.

How can one know, what does the m Other want? I really hope you will do more analysis of fictional works from a philosophical perspective. Poe’s story provoked a debate gruth literary theorists in the s and s.

Views Read Edit View history. The content of the letter is not divulged to the reader is it evidence of an affair?