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Studying Lacan's Seminars IV and V: From Lack to Desire
Owens, Carol
Routledge / Softcover / 2018-12-01 / 0367027682
Lacan
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This is the first collection of essays to offer a comprehensive analysis of, and reflection on, the major themes emergent in Jacques Lacan’s seminars of 1955-56 and 1956-57: Seminar IV – the object relation, and Seminar V – formations of the unconscious.

Assessing the value of a clinical approach orientated around the question of the object lack in the contemporary clinic, the book comprises 16 chapters which follow the development of a range of concepts elaborated by Lacan in these seminars, including sustained engagement with his critique of object relations theory. It considers the effectiveness of these early ideas in clinical practice in relation to hysteria, phobia, fetishism, obsessional neurosis, and of the so-called "Borderline" case. Lacan’s early concepts are also subjected to critique for engagement with Queer theory, and research in asexuality or the operation(s) of the signifier Phallus.

The chapters build to provide an invaluable resource to interpret and evaluate Lacan’s early teaching, and to find in his early concepts a fresh utility and scope for both clinical work and psychoanalytic research and enquiry. The book will be of great interest to Lacanian scholars and students, as well as psychoanalytic therapists, and analysts interested in Lacan’s early work.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

PREFACE

RUSSELL GRIGG

INTRODUCTION

CAROL OWENS AND NADEZHDA ALMQVIST

PHOBIA/FETISH

CHAPTER ONE

Drawing the Urinary Trait: Fantasy and Analytic Technique in Ruth Lebovici’s Treatment of a Transitory Perversion

Dany Nobus

CHAPTER TWO

The lessons of little Hans

Leonardo S. Rodríguez

CHAPTER THREE

"Once Bitten, Forever Smitten": phobias, fetishes, and small boys

Carol Owens

CHAPTER FOUR

The Phobic and Fetish Objects

Stephanie Swales

LACK

CHAPTER FIVE

Privation: A Logical Step between Castration and Frustration

Rolf Flor

CHAPTER SIX

Asexuality, Absence, and the Dialectic of Substitution

Kevin Murphy

CHAPTER SEVEN

Much Ado about More than Nothing: Thoughts on "difficult" cases and Lacan’s Seminar IV

Manya Steinkoler

PHALLUS

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Phallus of the Fifties – Those Years of ‘‘Tranquil Possession’’

Olga Cox Cameron

CHAPTER NINE

The Phallus: Crossroads or Impasse? Queering Desire via Seminar V

Sarah Meehan O’Callaghan

CHAPTER TEN

To be or not to be the phallus: Lacan, Genet, and Wilde

Christine Gormley

WITZ

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Lacan reading Freud: on the relationship of Seminar V to Jokes and Their Relationship to the Unconscious

P. G. Young

CHAPTER TWELVE

"Did you hear that Tom’s dick was hairy?" Witz, Cure, and the Transmission of Psychoanalysis

Jamieson Webster and Marcus Coelen

GRAPH OF DESIRE

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

On the Development of Lacan’s Graph of Desire

Dan Collins

PATERNAL METAPHOR

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Father Love - From Oedipus complex to Paternal Metaphor

Megan Williams

OBSESSIONAL

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

"Why Can’t a Woman be More Like a Man?"

The Signifier and the Obsessional

Nadezhda Almqvist

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Obsessional Desire in Seminar V: The Exploits of Tantalus

Lorenzo Chiesa

APPENDIX

Transitory Sexual Perversion in the Course of a Psychoanalytic Treatment

Ruth Lebovici

INDEX

About the Editors

Carol Owens and Nadezhda Almqvist are psychoanalytic practitioners in Dublin. They are the founders of the Dublin Lacan study group.

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