If psychoanalysis, for Freud, was an impossible profession, what consequences would this have for psychoanalytic training? And if one's own personal analysis lay at the heart of psychoanalytic training, how could what one had learnt from this be transmitted, let alone taught?
In this groundbreaking book, Annie Tardits explores the many attempts that analysts have made to think through the problems of psychoanalytic training. Moving from Freud and his first students through to Lacan and his invention of the 'pass', Tardits charts the changing conceptions of psychoanalytic training. With clarity and elegance, she shows how different ideas of what psychoanalysis is will have effects on how training is understood.
If psychoanalysis involves each person's unique unravelling of the unconscious and of sexuality, what kind of training would be appropriate, or even possible?
About the Author:
Annie Tardits studied Philosophy at the Ecole Normal Superieure. She is a Freudian psychoanalyst practicing in Paris. She has published a number of studies on psychoanalytic theory and practice and on psychoanalysis and artistic creation (in particular her paper in Joyce and Lacan, edited by Jacques Aubert, and a paper on psychoanalysis and anthropology in ‘Lacan and Levi-Strauss in 1956’ in the review Figures de la Psychanalyse.