Lying Through One’s Nose: On Male Sexuality and Deception – Abstract
This article considers Carlo Collodi’s classic, The Adventures of Pinocchio, in terms
of Lacanian psychoanalysis and the theoretical developments of French psychoanalyst
Michèle Montrelay. While offering a Lacanian account of Pinocchio’s tribulations, its
major purpose is not to add to the store of usually anodyne psychoanalytic mappings
of Collodi’s plot, but to use Collodi’s text to interrogate and precise the function of
lying and deception in male sexuation: the crucial importance, for a man, of
constructing the phantasy or fiction (and hence lie) of what Lacan calls a “logical
instrument” made of parts and detach

Keywords: Freud, Lacan, Michele Montrelay, Pinocchio, Masculine Sexuality, l’appareillage