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The king is audience as is the minister albeit unknowingly or unwittingly for the queenthe queen as actor is the ethos figure — character — and the letter is the logos — as are her actions, perhaps, in terms of how the audience react to her withholding of the text. The Prefect says that he and his police detectives have searched the Ministerial hotel where D— stays and have found nothing. So femininity exists as an ‘effect’ of the delusion of possession of a lack otherwise displaced as a masculine effect?

So, what do we as neurotics try to obtain in life? Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Purloined Letter. Why could it not—sometimes at least—also fail to reach it? 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.

The Purloined Letter

I also found it helpful to look at Poe’s essay “Philosophy of Composition,” which exemplifies how Poe actually worked. In the story, the various characters take on certain roles in reaction to a letter being used to blackmail the Queen of France.

We’ve had some past episodes like this and this where we discussed some philosophical issues brought up by a piece of fiction, but that’s different then the act of doing philosophy through literary criticism, which is supposed to reveal something about our relationship to turth, to ideas, to culture.

A month later, the Prefect returns, still bewildered in his search for the missing letter.


Each episode, we pick a text and chat about it with some balance between insight and flippancy. For example, Dupin explains how an eight-year-old boy made a small fortune from his friends at a game called purvwyor Odds and Evens “.

I enjoyed The Purloined Letter. 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. In a sense, he sort of tries to extort the prefect, who is also I guess kind of extorting the queen. Cavell is an acquired taste for me at least to read but well worth the effort and some excellent secondary sources out there and he is a quite accessible lecturer: Jen, that seems fair and accurate in my judgment.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved from ” https: So then why do it? Poe’s story provoked a debate among literary theorists in the s and s.

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

Phallos marks what is that which is wanted — that is, what could fill the lack of the m Other. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. D— was in the room, saw the letter, and switched it for a letter of no importance. We read these articles in the collection The Purloined Poe: This episode frustrated me to no end.

There is never a question that a king could or should fall from grace. About The Partially Examined Life The Partially Examined Life is a philosophy podcast by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it. Dupin asks the Prefect if he knows what he is seeking and the Prefect reads off a minute description of the letter, which Dupin memorizes.

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

However, the analyst agrees to aide the female figure derrifa info from the male royal figure-which suggests some illicit activities though we never really know.

The story shows, presents, how this could be written in example.

It is said to contain compromising information. Something that fills the lack of the mOther — what Other desires and as such, we desire. A story, like a dream, is fodder for analysis to tduth about the psyche of its creator, whose characteristics will in many cases be generalizable to the rest of us. Muller and William J. Beyond this, there’s plenty more information out there on Poe himself: Dupin wins because of his moral strength: As both a political supporter of the Queen and old enemy of the Minister [who had done an evil deed derrid Dupin in Purbeyor years before], Dupin also hopes that D— will try to use the power he no longer has, to his political downfall, and at the end be presented with an insulting note that implies Dupin was the thief: Now with Derrida, thickening the plot, it makes my effort to take them all on all the more complicated.

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

It does seem to have a calming effect on them — and helps them to grow and may be necessary even be able to live. 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. 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.