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Studying Lacan's Seminars IV and V

From Lack to Desire, 1st Edition

Edited by Carol Owens, Nadezhda Almqvist

Routledge

224 pages

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This is the first collection of essays to offer a comprehensive analysis of, and reflection on, the major themes emergent in Jacques Lacan’s seminars of 1955-56 and 1956-57: Seminar IV – the object relation, and Seminar V – formations of the unconscious.

Assessing the value of a clinical approach orientated around the question of the object lack in the contemporary clinic, the book comprises 16 chapters which follow the development of a range of concepts elaborated by Lacan in these seminars, including sustained engagement with his critique of object relations theory. It considers the effectiveness of these early ideas in clinical practice in relation to hysteria, phobia, fetishism, obsessional neurosis, and of the so-called "Borderline" case. Lacan’s early concepts are also subjected to critique for engagement with Queer theory, and research in asexuality or the operation(s) of the signifier Phallus.

The chapters build to provide an invaluable resource to interpret and evaluate Lacan’s early teaching, and to find in his early concepts a fresh utility and scope for both clinical work and psychoanalytic research and enquiry. The book will be of great interest to Lacanian scholars and students, as well as psychoanalytic therapists, and analysts interested in Lacan’s early work.

Reviews

"A stellar constellation of readers analyze two of Lacan’s major seminars here, one on our relation to the object and the other on "unconscious formations" like dreams, daydreams, and fantasies. Fascinating work will be found here on phobia, fetishism, and perversion more generally, as well as on witticisms, lack, metaphor, the phallus, castration, and clinical practice with children and adults." --Bruce Fink, Lacanian psychoanalyst, author of several books on Freud and Lacan, translator into English of Lacan’s Ecrits and Seminars VI: Desire and Its Interpretation, VIII: Transference, and XX: Encore

"At last, a scholarly examination of Lacan’s Seminars IV and V by practitioners who know how to read Lacan and show us the intimate link between conceptual developments and clinical work. This book couples two seminars, enabling us to trace the to and fro in Lacan’s Seminar between subject and signifier, and here from lack to desire." --Ian Parker, Psychoanalyst, Secretary Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix.

"Studying Lacan’s Seminars IV and V represents a fundamental breakthrough in the understanding of Jacques Lacan’s thought. Through a series of fecund essays unpacking the intricacies of two of the more difficult early seminars, this volume sheds light on key problems like phobia, the phallus, and lack. Anyone who wants to know anything about the psychoanalytic project must view the collection that Carol Owens and Nadezhda Almquist have put together as utterly essential." -- Professor Todd McGowan, University of Vermont

"As if live-streaming the seminars, this excellent collection highlights Lacan’s contemporary relevance by putting it into action. Punctuated with clinical material, the book moves with ease between theory and practice, astutely deploying controversial psychoanalytic notions such as lack, desire, and the phallus. Drawing useful distinctions between phobias, fetishism, and perversion, the authors explain the clinical use of dreams and jokes. These forceful essays, all written with verve and clarity, set a model for the transmission of psychoanalysis while providing an indispensable companion to Lacan’s seminars IV and V." --Patricia Gherovici, psychoanalyst and author, Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference (Routledge, 2017)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS

PREFACE

RUSSELL GRIGG

INTRODUCTION

CAROL OWENS AND NADEZHDA ALMQVIST

PHOBIA/FETISH

CHAPTER ONE

Drawing the Urinary Trait: Fantasy and Analytic Technique in Ruth Lebovici’s Treatment of a Transitory Perversion

Dany Nobus

CHAPTER TWO

The lessons of little Hans

Leonardo S. Rodríguez

CHAPTER THREE

"Once Bitten, Forever Smitten": phobias, fetishes, and small boys

Carol Owens

CHAPTER FOUR

The Phobic and Fetish Objects

Stephanie Swales

 

 

LACK

CHAPTER FIVE

Privation: A Logical Step between Castration and Frustration

Rolf Flor

CHAPTER SIX

Asexuality, Absence, and the Dialectic of Substitution

Kevin Murphy

CHAPTER SEVEN

Much Ado about More than Nothing: Thoughts on "difficult" cases and Lacan’s Seminar IV

Manya Steinkoler

PHALLUS

CHAPTER EIGHT

The Phallus of the Fifties – Those Years of ‘‘Tranquil Possession’’

Olga Cox Cameron

CHAPTER NINE

The Phallus: Crossroads or Impasse? Queering Desire via Seminar V

Sarah Meehan O’Callaghan

CHAPTER TEN

To be or not to be the phallus: Lacan, Genet, and Wilde

Christine Gormley

 

 

WITZ

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Lacan reading Freud: on the relationship of Seminar V to Jokes and Their Relationship to the Unconscious

P. G. Young

CHAPTER TWELVE

"Did you hear that Tom’s dick was hairy?" Witz, Cure, and the Transmission of Psychoanalysis

Jamieson Webster and Marcus Coelen

GRAPH OF DESIRE

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

On the Development of Lacan’s Graph of Desire

Dan Collins

PATERNAL METAPHOR

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Father Love - From Oedipus complex to Paternal Metaphor

Megan Williams

OBSESSIONAL

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

"Why Can’t a Woman be More Like a Man?"

The Signifier and the Obsessional

Nadezhda Almqvist

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Obsessional Desire in Seminar V: The Exploits of Tantalus

Lorenzo Chiesa

 

 

APPENDIX

Transitory Sexual Perversion in the Course of a Psychoanalytic Treatment

Ruth Lebovici

 

INDEX

About the Editors

Carol Owens and Nadezhda Almqvist are psychoanalytic practitioners in Dublin. They are the founders of the Dublin Lacan study group.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis