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Since Lacan: Papers of the Freudian School of Melbourne, Volume 25
Edited by Linda Clifton
Routledge (London: Karnac Books) / Softcover / Oct 2015
9781782202028 (ISBN-10: 1782202021)
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Since Lacan is the latest volume of the Papers of the Freudian School of Melbourne, School of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, founded in 1977. As such it is comprised of original papers by analysts and members of the School and other invited international contributors.

Three and a half decades after the death of Lacan the papers in Since Lacan can be read as a response to the question as to what difference Lacan’s teaching has made in the field of psychoanalysis. A critique is provided of the "mis"-directions taken in the past thirty years. It takes further Lacan’s own recognition of being "traumatized by misunderstanding" which he tired of "dissolving". These papers, while marked by their origin in Lacanian discourse, take up the opening offered by the fact that Lacanian discourse is neither closed nor complete. They demonstrate the possibility of moving from the origin to originality in an antipodean place and a time far removed from any imaginary Lacanian center.

Contributors: Madeline Andrews, Linda Clifton, Michael Currie, Helen Dell, Alicia Evans, Sarah Jones Ferguson, Guy Le Gaufey, Peter Gunn, Jon Kettle, Rodney Kleiman, Malcolm Morgan, Tine Nørregaard, David Pereira, Michael Gerard Plastow, Megan Williams, and Oscar Zentner.

Reviews and Endorsements:

Since Lacan, the transmission of psychoanalysis can consist neither of repeating the sayings of the great masters, nor of reinventing “psychoanalysis” as if it had never previously existed, nor of importing a given psychoanalysis into a new country or new problematics. All the papers of this book begin from a particular enigma of Lacanian discourse: a father who is a fiction; a clinic without any space to receive the patient, a speech reduced to an inaudible mumble; a visual art without any light. There are no solutions to these riddles, just a mapping to find one’s way. The reader will be knotted in this reinvention of psychoanalysis.’
- Dr Christian Fierens, psychoanalyst, member of Questionnement Psychanalytique, Association Freudienne de Belgique, and Association Lacanienne Internationale

Table of Contents:

About the Editor and Contributors

Part I: Lacanian Discourse
1) Incest, identity, and difference—David Pereira
2) Lacan, Caracas station—Oscar Zentner
3) C’est à quel sujet?—Guy Le Gaufey
4) Father of function, fact, fable … and fiction—Megan Williams
5) Get knotted—Malcolm Morgan
6) About psychoanalysis—Madeline Andrews
7) Anaesthesia—David Pereira

Part II: From the Clinic
8) The discomfort of psychoanalysis—Madeline Andrews
9) The wall of the body—Michael Gerard Plastow
10) The gift of speech: beyond ambivalence—Sarah Jones Ferguson
11) The grammar of sex: verb or noun?—Alicia Evans
12) What’s not home in homelessness?—Peter Gunn
13) The death of Marat—Jon Kettle

Part III: Psychoanalysis and the Child
14) In the raw–Michael Currie
15) Psychoanalysis and the child: history, time, and the transformational formula—an introduction—Michael Gerard Plastow
16) Psychoanalysis of the child: the bastard child of psychoanalysis—Michael Gerard Plastow
17) The kangaroo rat man—Michael Gerard Plastow
18) The transformational formula of myth—Tine Nørregaard

Part IV: Psychoanalysis and Art
19) From erotic initiation to death—Oscar Zentner
20) No light, but rather darkness visible—Rodney Kleiman
21) Snapped by the image: the inverted art of the photograph and the artifice of psychoanalysis—Peter Gunn
22) The pearl of analysis—Michael Currie
23) The medieval voice—Helen Dell


About the Editor:

Linda Clifton is an analyst and former Director of the Freudian school of Melbourne

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