Talk:The mirror stage as formative of the function of the I

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By Jacques Lacan

This early essay (1949) identifies the point at which the "I" (ego) begins to formulate itself as a socially constructed agent.

In Lacan's terminology, the mirror stage is the hinge between the *Imaginary and the *Symbolic (concepts we'll discuss further in class).

These concepts are used frequently in contemporary literary criticism and theory.

As usual, cuts and explanation that I make are in square brackets; the paragraphs have been numbered for ease of reference.

The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience"