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Lacan and Other Heresies: Lacanian Psychoanalytic Writings | Papers of the Freudian School of Melbourne, Volume 26
Edited by Linda Clifton
Routledge / Softcover / Oct 2021
9781032076119 (ISBN-10: 1032076119)
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This volume gathers together the recent writings of the analysts and members of the Freudian School of Melbourne and the Belgian analyst Christian Fierens, displaying the ongoing interrogation by the School of Lacanian psychoanalysis into its history, theories and practices.

Within the framework of Lacan’s interventions in Freudian psychoanalysis, the book in particular highlights Lacan’s inventions in theoretical discourse and clinical practice, including the no-sexual relation, the discursive structures of language, the school, the cartel and the pass. Theoretical shibboleths such as the Oedipus complex are questioned, while the historical writings of Sabina Spielrein are read and interpreted anew. Chapters also engage with the psychoanalysis of children, the questions posed by the psychoses to psychoanalysis and the intersection of creativity and the arts in new and original ways.

Bringing together a range of expert contributions, this text will be an illuminating resource for scholars and practitioners of psychoanalysis.


"Orthodoxy may be a lethal poison for theoretical and practical psychoanalysis, but all that is unorthodox is not for all that heretical. This book delineates the subtle game Lacan has played with these crisscross lines. Was Lacan himself an ‘heretic’? Is RSI a true ‘heresy’? What is the status of the assertion that there is no sexual relation in the Freudian field?

Through very different approaches, the consistency of analytic knowledge is questioned here. How can the transmission of psychoanalysis occur within the framework of a school? How does the Oedipus complex work? What about the totemic father? The approach to these questions reflects the singularity of the Freudian School of Melbourne, its way of welcoming knowledge from abroad and building original (but not so heretical) perspectives on psychoanalysis".

—Guy Le Gaufey, French psychoanalyst, former member of the École freudienne de Paris, co-founder of the first French Lacanian Revue Littoral and former director of the École lacanienne de psychanalyse.

Table of Contents

Part I.

1. Heresy: Choose it or lose it Malcolm Morgan
2. Let no one enter here who does not believe in Oedipus David Pereira
3. S-exploitation Rodney Kleiman

Part II.

4. Introduction Michael Gerard Plastow
5. How to do something with only the saying? Christian Fierens
6. "I think" in the psychoanalytic discourse or Cogito and the psychoanalytic discourse Christian Fierens
7. The failure of the phallus. What is to be done with sexuation? Christian Fierens
8. Interpretation with-out meaning Christian Fierens

Part III.

9. Psychoanalysis or …psychoanalysts David Pereira
10. On the necessity of becoming dissolute Megan Williams
11. Writing out of School Peter Gunn

Part IV.

12. Antigonal Michael Currie
13. Falling into silence Michael Gerard Plastow
14. The words "Papa" and "Mama"—From the cave of language Debbie Plastow

Part V.

15. Between destruction and becoming: Sabina Spielrein Michael Gerard Plastow
16. To put one’s name to what is not a thought… Megan Williams
17. The painter’s saying Michael Currie
18. The image that binds
Tine Nørregaard
19. On the edge of the abyss Helen Dell

Part VI.
20. A speaker’s corner Jonathan Kettle
21. Close to the wild child Peter Gunn

About the Editor:

Linda Clifton is an analyst and former director of the Freudian School of Melbourne, founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 1977. Taking its direction from the writings of Freud and Lacan, the School pursues the investigation and transmission of psychoanalysis and the training of Lacanian analysts.

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