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Jacques Lacan's seminar on "The Purloined Letter" at once challenged literary theorists and revealed a radically new conception of psychoanalysis. His far-reaching claims about language and truth provoked a vigorous critique by Jacques Derrida, whose essay in turn has spawned further responses from Barbara Johnson, Jane Gallop, Irene Harvey, Norman Holland, and others.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849, Purloined letter, Psychological fiction, American History and criticism Theory, etc, Lacan, Jacques, 1901-Derrida, Jacques, Psychoanalysis and literature United States, Psychology in literature