Grey literature as unconscious: causal subjectivity of the repressed in Lacan’s Theory

William Theaux (William Theaux President, Plural Analyst, CYBEK Inc., New York, USA.)

International Journal on Grey Literature

ISSN: 1466-6189

Publication date: 1 March 2000


In this article, grey literature is identified as unregistered textuality (radicalizing its characteristics, such as the difficulty of its identification, access, bibliographic control, and its undervaluation, etc). It can be deduced that, in this scope, what is called “grey” represents a mode of expressing the unconscious that is described by psychoanalysis. This leads to a Freudian practical observation that no other than grey discourses can accurately talk about grey literature. I shall then suggest how the factor of cybernetics (aka artificial intelligence), according to the theory of Jacques Lacan, modifies this logical condition of “impossibility” to render a grey discourse by the University. This can also be described as the detection of the unregistered.



Theaux, W. (2000), "Grey literature as unconscious: causal subjectivity of the repressed in Lacan’s Theory", International Journal on Grey Literature, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp. 28-34.




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