• Maire Jaanus

    Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Barnard College
    BARNARD 402
    Office Hours:
    (212) 854-2106

    Areas of Interest :
    19th-c. comparative literature, esp. romantic and the novel; 20th-c. global English literature; literary theory, esp. psychoanalytic (Lacanian); postmodernism

    B.A., Vassar, Ph.D, Harvard (1968), Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge, England. Maire Jaanus is currently interested in the interrelationship between literature, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and neuroscience and what these disciplines contribute to the concepts of happiness, pleasure, and jouissance. She is the author of She—a Novel (Doubleday, 1984), Literature and Negation (CU Press, 1979;Rept., 1988), Georg Trakl (CU Press, 1974), and co-editor of Lacan in the German-Speaking World (SUNY, 2004), Reading Seminars I and II: Lacan's Return to Freud (SUNY, 1996) and Reading Seminar XI: Lacan's Four Fundamental Concepts (SUNY, 1995). Recent work includes: “Ordinary Happiness in Lispector’s Stream of Life or Beyond the object a, Psychoanalytic Notebooks, 19/ 2009;  “Inhibition, Heautoscopy, Movement in the Freudian and Lacanian Body,” The Symptom 10/Lacan.com/Spring 2009; “Tolstoy and Lacan: Phallic Jouissance and the passage à l’acte in Anna Karenina,”  Lacanian  Compass (13, 2008); "A Psychoanalytic Reading of Socrates: Lacan on Plato's Symposium," ed. Ann Ward, Socrates Reason or Unreason as the Foundation of European Identity (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007); “Estonia's Time and Monumental Time,” and “Estonia and Pain: Jaan Kross's The  Czar's Madman,”  Baltic Postcolonialism (Amsterdam-New York: Rodoiphe, 2006);  “Tammsaare and Love,” Interlitteraia (Tartu University Press, 10/2005); Introduction and Notes for Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004). She is co-editor-in-chief with Jacques-Alain Miller of a new Lacanian journal, Culture & Clinic (forthcoming with Minnesota University Press). She is on the editorial board of Methis: Studia Humaniora Estonic; Cultural Formations, and Re)-turn: A Journal of Lacanian Studies.