Review of The Gauche Intruder: Freud, Lacan and the White Australian Fantasy, by Jennifer Rutherford.

Jennifer Rutherford's The Gauche Intruder is one of tl1e few works of Australian cultural critique to use Lacanian psychoanalysis in detail as methodology and framework. In this sense, tl1en, perhaps we can say that Rutherford's text is itself sometlling of an intruder (gauche or otherwise) into the dominant mode of framing or 'doing' Australian studies or Australian literary criticism. This difference makes tl1e book important, but also somewhat unsettling, not only because of what it has to say about Australian culture. but more so in that it could have said much more if it had avoided some of the weaknesses of psychoanalysis .

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Published 1 May 2002 in Volume 20 No. 3. Subjects: Australian literary criticism, Psychoanalytic theory.

Cite as: Henderson, Margaret. ‘Review of The Gauche Intruder: Freud, Lacan and the White Australian Fantasy, by Jennifer Rutherford..’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 20, no. 3, 2002. https://doi.org/10.20314/als.ceb7ea1c6f.