1st Edition

On the History and Transmission of Lacanian Psychoanalysis Speaking of Lacan

By Chris Vanderwees Copyright 2024
    270 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    On the History and Transmission of Lacanian Psychoanalysis addresses key questions about the history and transmission of Jacques Lacan’s work in North America through discussions with experienced psychoanalysts (who are also trained psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists).

    Chris Vanderwees presents conversations with clinicians about their psychoanalytic formation and about the development of Lacanian psychoanalysis in North America over the past several decades. With oral narrative brought out through the technique of free association, then transcribed and annotated, each discussion is a trace of Vanderwees’ encounter with each clinician and the result of collaborative efforts involving speech, writing, translation, and transmission. The conversational tone makes these discussions accessible not only for those already well-versed in Lacan’s thinking, but also for anyone discovering his work for the first time. The range of contributions spans both French and English-speaking Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

    Complemented by On the Theory and Clinic of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, this book of conversations conveys the diversity of historical and pedagogical perspectives on theory and practice as inspired by Lacan’s system of thought. It will be of great interest to all psychoanalytic practitioners as well as academics and scholars of psychoanalysis.

    Introduction: On the Question of Transmission

    1 Free Association, Presence, and Patience with William (Moe) Robinson

    2 On Cormac Gallagher’s Translation of Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Ireland with Barry O’Donnell

    3 Treating Psychosis in Québec with the Founders of GIFRIC and the 388 with Willy Apollon, Danielle

    Bergeron, and Lucie Cantin (Translation by Daniel Wilson)

    4 Speaking of François Peraldi in Québec in Four Parts

    Part 1 with Michel Peterson (Translation by Alireza Taheri)

    Part 2 with Louise Grenier (Translation by Alireza Taheri)

    Part 3 with Gilles Chagnon

    Part 4 with Marie Hazan

    5 From Psychoanalysis with Lacan in Paris to California and Beyond with André Patsalides

    6 Space, Logical Time, and Après-Coup Association in New York with Paola Mieli

    7 Topology, Knots, and Ordinary Psychosis with Ellie Ragland

    8 Lacan in Translation, Interpretation, and the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups with Dan Collins

    9 Lacanian Psychoanalysis in Mexico with Manuel Hernández

    10 On the Philosophical Heritage of Psychoanalysis with Alireza Taheri

    Appendix I Transmission, Affiliation, and the Psychoanalytic Institution: Meeting with François Peraldi

    Conversation by Marie Hazan (Translation by Chris Vanderwees)

    Appendix II On Heidegger to Lacan: An Interview with William J. Richardson, SJ, PhD

    Mario L. Beira, PhD and Sara E. Hassan, MD (With Notes by Beira)

    Appendix III In Memory of William J. Richardson, SJ: Notes Toward a Semiotics of Address

    John Muller


    Chris Vanderwees, PhD, RP, is a psychoanalyst, registered psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor at St. John the Compassionate Mission in Toronto, Canada.

    On the History and Transmission of Lacanian Psychoanalysis reminds us of what is most revolutionary and subversive about Lacan’s psychoanalytic undertaking. Vanderwees traces multiple exploratory routes, mapping Lacanian discourse and practice as it has been utilized and revitalized at diverse institutional, global and historical sites. What emerges, in this careful and collaborative book, is a rich and textured overview, one which reminds us that there is no one Lacan, and that the Lacanian psychoanalytic adventure – like desire itself – necessarily resists domestication, uniformity, or a reduction to any one discourse of mastery.”
    Derek Hook, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University; author, Six Moments in Lacan

    “In this book, Chris Vanderwees converses with significant figures in Lacanian psychoanalysis whose deeply personal relationships to psychoanalysis are interwoven with a tapestry of Lacanian movements they inspired in North America, Mexico, and Europe. The result is a vibrant collection beautifully rendered in conversations that exceed dialogics at every turn by contextually transmitting the desire of the analyst and the logic of Lacan’s formulations against scientific empiricism, the post-Freudian ‘institutionalisation’ of psychoanalysis, and dogmas of neoliberally inspired therapies. This book serves as an important beacon of alterity, openness, and inspiration – literally the power of interlocution.”
    Eve Watson, PhD, psychoanalyst; co-editor of Critical Essays on the Drive: Lacanian Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2023)

    On the History and Transmission of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Chris Vanderwees’ masterful collection of interviews with Lacanians is like an all-access, backstage pass to the Coachella of psychoanalysis. They’re all here, the most important practitioners in the field today: from the Willy Apollon, Danielle Bergeron, and Lucie Cantin cohort in Québec to the Cormac Gallagher coterie in Ireland, from the Après-Coup New Yorkers to crucial Lacan translator Dan Collins, from knots with Ellie Ragland to welcome appendices on François Peraldi and William Richardson. Certain themes emerge that will engage – or perhaps enrage, or enrapture – readers: the usefulness of interpretation and clinical orthodoxies, the marginal status of Lacan in the Americas, on whether we should read Melanie Klein (or Jung!), and perhaps the most important question: is psychoanalysis dialectics? Only a reading of these dialogues will answer that question, and we are to thank Vanderwees for being a generous, and also rigorous, guide to the psychoanalytic scene today.”
    Clint Burnham, PhD, Professor of English, Simon Fraser University

    “What would it mean to transmit our knowledge of psychoanalytic practice? Is this even possible? These questions, which are already questions of theory, of practice, of coherence, of ethics…of the very possibility of psychoanalysis itself, urgently require some response. This marvelous book gathers some such responses and opens up a vital conversation which is essential to the future of the discipline. It is essential reading for anyone and everyone interested in the field, whether as an analyst, a theorist or an analysand.”
    Calum Neill, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis & Cultural Theory, Edinburgh Napier University