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.
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.Informed