Jacques Lacan: The Desire of the Other

Instructor: Loren Dent
Dizzy’s Diner
230 5th Avenue
(corner of 5th & President)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Until his death in 1981, psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan always insisted that he was a thoroughgoing Freudian—perhaps the most orthodox Freudian of them all. A larger-than-life provocateur, Lacan’s oracular lectures and clinical innovations (including the notorious “short session”) ultimately led to his excommunication from the International Psychoanalytic Association in 1964.  Yet despite these departures from analytic orthodoxy, and against the growing influence of rapidly proliferating post-Freudian analytic schools, Lacan remained preoccupied with Freud’s writings, while simultaneously offering robust critiques of ego psychology and object relations theories. In over two decades of public seminars and written work, Lacan performed a series of original readings of Freud that remain enormously influential to this day in the fields of literature, film studies, philosophy, and increasingly in American clinical psychoanalysis. This course will introduce participants to Lacan’s contributions to psychoanalysis through careful reading of selected excerpts from his Ecrits. We will discuss Lacan’s ideas about the structure of the unconscious, the Real, Imaginary, and Symbolic orders, the mirror stage, desire, and the ethics of analytic practice and clinical technique.  The aim of the class will be to introduce fundamental Lacanian concepts in a way that that highlights their clarity and distinctiveness.

Selections from the following Ecrits texts will be read:

“The mirror stage as formative of the I function as revealed in the psychoanalytic experience”
“The function and field of speech and language in psychoanalysis”
“The direction of the treatment and principles of its power”
“The subversion of the subject and the dialectic of desire in the Freudian unconscious”

Course Schedule

Sunday, 6:30-9:30pm
September 11 — October 02, 2016
4 weeks

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