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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

I’m reminded of something that my Abnormal Psych professor said about Freud, “He remains influential because he’s esthetically pleasing.” I think that this is the core of Freud and Lacan’s continued ...
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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

Psychoanalysis is still taken quite seriously in certain circles, and there are even entire institutions still in existence that are dedicated to teaching it, such as the Boston Graduate School of ...
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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

Have you heard of the replication crisis? It confirms what many natural scientists and mathematicians had long suspected: That many fields that call themselves sciences lack scientific rigor. This ...
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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

How do you mean they are discredited? Certainly they have many critics (as anyone), but that doesn't mean a theory is discredited. Psychology is not exact science like physics where you can discredit ...
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How does Lacan and Derrida performing an example of a point, obfuscate their writing?

1. Lacan: Basically everything in Ecrits, in which on the last page of the Overture he says that he wants to make the reader work to understand him ("must pay the price with elbow grease"). Derrida: ...
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