We usually turn to Jacques Lacan when we wish to complicate, not simplify our readings. But, for those still passionate about reading fiction, Lacan actually offers a useful rule of thumb – ‘interpretation does not have to be true or false. It has to be just.’ Whether or not this helped his patients, I cannot say (rumor has it, many of his patients didn’t live long and productive lives…) – but, as a literary scholar I have to say – Hallelujah. Have fun with it.
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