Turing Fellowship 2021/22

Reading Group

The following materials are proposed for the forthcoming reading group:

Session 1: Claude Lévi Strauss

  • Claude Lévi Strauss (1963) ‘The Structural Study of Myth’, in Structural Anthropology, trans. by Claire Jacobson and Brooke Grundfest Schoepf. New York: Basic Books, pp. 206-231.
  • Claude Lévi Strauss (2001 [1978]) Myth and Meaning. London: Routledge.

Session 2: Roman Jakobson

  • Roman Jakobson and Morris Halle (1956) Fundamentals of Language, Part II, ‘Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbance’, The Hague/Paris: Mouton, pp. 55-82.
  • Roman Jakobson (1966 [1960]) ‘Closing Statement: Linguistics and Poetics’, in Thomas Sebook (ed.) Style in Language (Proceedings of the Conference on Style, held at Indiana University, 1958). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, pp. 350-377.

Session 3: Roland Barthes

  • Roland Barthes (1975) ‘Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives’, trans. by Lionel Duisit, in New Literary History, Vol. 6, No. 2, ‘On Narrative and Narratives’, pp. 237-272. (Originally published in the French as ‘Introduction a 1’analyse structurale des recits’, Communications 8, 1966).
  • Roland Barthes (1972) ‘Myth Today’ in Mythologies, trans. by Annette Lavers. Mythologies. London, Paladin (Originally published in French, Editions du Seuil, 1957).
  • Roland Barthes (2000) ‘Inaugural Lecture, Collège de France’ [1977], in A Barthes Reader, ed. by Susan Sontag. Vintage. pp.457-478.

Session 4: Jacques Lacan

  • Jacques Lacan (2006 [1953]) ’The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis’ [1953], in Écrits, trans. by  Bruce Fink. New York: Norton, pp. 237-268.
  • Bruce Fink (2004) ‘Reading “The Instance of the Letter in the Unconscious”‘, in  Lacan To The Letter: Reading Écrits Closely, Minneapolis, University of Minneapolis, pp.63-105.

    See also 2 chapters from Jean-Michel Rabaté (ed.) (2003) The Cambridge Companion to Lacan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: (1) Darian Leader, ‘Lacan’s Myths’ (pp. 35-49); and (2) Dany Nobus, ‘Lacan’s science of the subject: between linguistics and topology’ (pp.50-68).