The Palgrave Lacan Series

The Autistic Subject

On the Threshold of Language

Authors: Brenner, Leon Shachar

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  • With an Introduction by Jean-Claude Maleval
  • Offers a novel understanding of autism based on Lacanian theory
  • Examines autistic subjectivity as a unique mode of being
  • Presents an emerging field of research to an Anglophone audience for the first time 
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This book presents a theory of autistic subjectivity from a Lacanian psychoanalytic perspective. Dr. Brenner describes autism as a singular mode of being that is fundamentally linked to one’s identity and basic practices of existence, offering a rigorous alternative to treating autism as a mental or physical disorder. Drawing on Freud and Lacan’s psychoanalytic understanding of the subject, Brenner outlines the unique features of the autistic subjective structure and provides a comprehensive synthesis of contemporary work on the psychoanalysis of autism. 

The book examines research by theorists including Jean-Claude Maleval, Éric Laurent, Rosine and Robert Lefort that has been largely unavailable to Anglophone audiences until now. In this book autism is posited to be a singular subjective structure not reducible to neurosis or psychosis. In accordance with the Lacanian approach, autism is examined with detailed attention to the subject’s use of language, culminating in Brenner’s “autistic linguistic spectrum.” A compelling read for students and scholars of psychoanalysis and autism researchers and clinicians.

About the authors

Leon S. Brenner is a research fellow at the University of Potsdam, Institute for Philosophy, Germany. His fields of interest include Lacanian psychoanalysis, philosophy of mind, contemporary French philosophy and autism research.

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“Contemporary studies of autism strongly rely on cognitive and neurobiological approaches. This comprehensive and comprehensible book demonstrates that Lacanian psychoanalysis provides a viable alternative. Brenner discusses multiple works that are only available in French, thus opening up perspectives that are not well understood in the English-speaking world.”
(Stijn Vanheule, author of The Subject of Psychosis: A Lacanian Perspective (2011))

“It is no exaggeration to say that The Autistic Subject is a groundbreaking contribution to the study of autism. Brenner’s clear and well-written account, based on Lacan, is both refreshingly new and creatively original.”
(Russell Grigg, author of Lacan, Language, and Philosophy (2009))

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Autistic Subject
Book Subtitle
On the Threshold of Language
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Lacan Series
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50715-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50715-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50714-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 292
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations
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