Robert E. Lougy

Robert E. Lougy is an associate professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. His previous books include Charles Robert Maturin, an edition of The Children of the Chapel by Mary Gordon and Algernon Charles Swinburne, and Martin Chuzzlewit: An Annotated Bibliography.

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Inaugural Wounds · The Shaping of Desire in Five Nineteenth-Century English Narratives
By Robert E. Lougy

Desire, Jacques Lacan suggests, is a condition or expression of our wounded nature. But because such desire is also unconscious, it can be expressed only indirectly, for what we consciously desire is hardly ever what we really want. Desire makes itself known, but disguises its presence—appearing, for example, in unconscious but repetitive, and sometimes even self-destructive, patterns of behavior.

“Through its nuanced discussion of Victorian novels, this book pursues the psychoanalytic insight that subjectivity is built on a foundation of wounding and loss. The work of a learned, accomplished critic, Inaugural Wounds engages with current debates in criticism and theory, but it is above all a rich and perceptive literary study.”

William A. Cohen, author of Sex Scandal: The Private Parts of Victorian Fiction