terms of Lacaniantheory, or are there alternative frameworks
which can be productively brought to bear on the text?
However, it is ﬁrst necessary to introduce the complex biographical
nexus of relations with which the text sets out to deal. Jacques Lacan
married Marie-Louise Blondin (‘Malou’) on January . During their
honeymoon in Italy he sent a telegram to his mistress of the day; as
Elisabeth Roudinesco remarks in her biography Jacques Lacan, husband
and wife had entirely opposing notions of marital ﬁdelity and, in her words,
‘ce couple . . . s
discourses are historically contingent.
See R. Barthes, ‘Writers, intellectuals, teachers’, in R. Barthes, The Rustle of Language,
trans. R. Howard (Oxford, 1986), p. 317.
7 Hassan, Sailing to Australia, pp. 78 – 88, 99, 135, 185 –7.
8 M.W. Alcorn, Jr, ‘The subject of discourse: reading Lacan through (and beyond)
poststructuralist contexts’, in M. Bracher, M.W. Alcorn, Jr, R.J. Carthell and
F. Massardier-Kenney (eds), LacanianTheory of Discourse: Subjects, Structure and
Society (New York, 1994), p. 19.
9 Ibid., p. 37.
10 Ibid., p. 19.
11 Ibid., p. 31
Maria Holmgren Troy, Elizabeth Kella and Helena Wahlström
adopted daughters, Marie (2003: 61). Hogan’s painful account of adoption
appears in The Woman Who Watches Over the World (2001).
28 See Arnold (2007) for a discussion of how Hogan uses the imagery of
scars and mirrors to revise Lacaniantheory.
29 Karen Sánchez-Eppler (2005) has shown how different conceptions
of childhood co-existed in nineteenth-century America, including the
Calvinist idea of children as sinful, the Lockean idea of children as blank
slates, and the romantic notion of children as natural, innocent beings.
Claudia Nelson (2003) characterizes childhood