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Trauma and Pain Without a Subject: Disruptive Marks in the Psyche, Resignified
Juan-Edwardo Tesone
IPA & Routledge / Softcover / Mar 2024
9781032647777 (ISBN-10: 1032647779)
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216 pages
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Trauma and Pain Without a Subject explores the necessity of the subject of trauma emerging, particularly when a victim has experienced but not worked through disruptive situations, in order for unconscious pain to finally be experienced.

The book is presented in three parts, with the first, Transgression and Crime, uncovering silence around the topic of incest and sexual violence within the clinic. The second part, Between Completeness and Nothingness, develops the topic of sexual violence and considers the construction of femininities and masculinities within the paradigm of a heteronormative patriarchal society, with reference to Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing. The third section, “Yes, we see, but what? What we hear” explores the intimate relation between the visual and the auditory, especially in relation to hysteria.

Trauma and Pain Without a Subject will be of great interest to psychoanalysts in practice and in training, and to all psychoanalytic practitioners working with trauma.


“The author discusses the challenges facing a psychoanalysis that refuses to be a relic. Tesone re-thinks subjective production through the vicissitudes of the drives and their identification destiny, in a trajectory from indiscrimination to the acceptance of otherness and subjective evolution. How can we produce theoretical thinking anchored in clinical experience and capable of fighting dogmatism? How do we consider the complexity of the subject, which oscillates between the redundant and the unpredictable, between repetition and novelty? These questions permeate his book. It provokes enthusiasm because it dares to be open while also based on experience. A book that invites a dialogue. It has brought me to re-think notions I thought definitive. For this I am grateful and recommend it.” - Dr. Luis Horstein, Physician and psychoanalyst, President of FUNDEP (Foundation for Psychoanalytic Studies)

“The author highlights two poles that structure the traumatic: the existence of the other and the subject’s own sexuality. He emphasizes the specific in what is Disruptive, the Traumatic, and Symbolization: a total lack of representation, a black hole of the psyche. He alerts us to the excess of binding as the antithesis of chaos, which is the basis of psychic change. In this sense, psychoanalysis is called upon to work through the tension between the sexes of the phallic order and the ‘nothing’ order, generating idiosyncratic representations and overcoming the cisgender product of thwarting binarism. In this set of psychoanalytic texts, Tesone gives us a creative, in-depth discussion of the vicissitudes of the body.” - Moty Benyakar, Physician, psychiatrist, and Full Member of the Israeli Psychoanalytic Society; Professor Emeritus of the USAL, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Disruptive Committee in the doctoral program in Psychology of the USAL; Full Member of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association and of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

Table of Contents:

About the author

Series Forward



I – Transgression and crime

Chapter 1: Incests and transgression of the narcissistic taboo

Chapter 2: Incest is not the Oedipus

Chapter 3: From the theory of seduction to traumatic seduction

Chapter 4: In-cestus: from disavowal to revelation

Chapter 5: Dominique, incest in the folds of the name or ig-nominia

Chapter 6: A pain without a subject

II – Between completeness and nothingness

Chapter 7: Could what they say be true?

Chapter 8: The importance of the No in the prevention of sexual violence against children and adolescents

Chapter 9: Femicide and orphanhood

Chapter 10: The divine jouissance, the feminine position and the mystics

Chapter 11: Masculinities in checkmated?

Chapter 12: The tattoo and the shield of Perseus

Chapter 13: William, did you say, “Much Ado about Nothing”?

III – Yes, we see, but what? What we hear

Chapter 14: Hysteria’s contribution to subjectivity

Chapter 15: "Sexes and Genders"

Chapter 16: Cumulative trauma and “troumatique”

Chapter 17: Viability of Psychic Change

Chapter 18: What hurts you?

Chapter 19: Transformations of the formless: Painting and psychoanalysis

Chapter 20: Commemorating, remembering, forgetting

About the Author:

Juan-Eduardo Tesone is Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalysis at the University of Salvador (USAL), Argentina and Associate Professor of Psychology at Paris Nanterre University, France. He is a Member and Training Analyst of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association and Member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He is the author of more than 100 articles in specialist journals, edited in Spanish, French, English, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Croatian, and author and co-author of several books.

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