Seminar I: Freud’s papers on technique: 1953-1954 : begins on 18th November 1953 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 18, 1953

Contents

Published in English translation & French

Session dates, Editor’s titles, page numbers and references

Quotes from Seminar I

Published in English translation & French

Seminar I: The seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book I: Freud’s papers on technique: 1953-1954 : begins on 18th November 1953 : Jacques Lacan : edited by Jacques-Alain Miller : translated by John Forrester :  available here : Published Cambridge University Press 1988

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In French : Le Séminaire I, Les Éditions du Seuil, Paris, 1975

Session dates, Editor’s titles & subtitles, page numbers and references

p1-5 : 18th November 1953 : Part of ‘Overture to the Seminar’

The rest of this session is missing, as are all those sessions from the end of 1953.

THE MOMENT OF RESISTANCE

p7-18 : 13th January 1954 : Chapter I : Introduction to the commentaries on Freud’s Papers on Technique

Subheadings: The Seminar, Confusion in Analysis, History is not the Past, Theories of the ‘Ego’

p19-28 : 20th and 27th January 1954 : Chapter II : Preliminary comments on the problem of resistance

Subheadings: Analysis the first time, Materiality of discourse, Analysis of analysis, Freud’s Megalomania?

Jacques Lacan comments Dream ‘fresh brains’ in Seminars I, III, VI & X and Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis : 26th & 27th September 1953 & Direction of the Treatment : 10th to 13th July 1958 by Julia Evans on 30th January 2014 or here

p30-33 : Countertransference and the Patient’s Response : 1951 : Margaret Little or here

p25 : Ego psychology and interpretation in psychoanalytic therapies (Case ‘fresh brains’) : December 1948 (New York) [1951] : Ernst Kris or here

p25 : Intellectual Inhibition & Disturbances in Eating (Dream ‘fresh brains’) : September 1933 [Published1938] : Melitta Schmideberg or here

p29-37 : 27th January 1954 : Chapter III : Resistance and the defences

Subheadings : Margaret Little’s testimony, From ‘Ego’ to ‘Ego’, Reality and fantasy of the trauma, History, the lived and the relived

p30-33 : Countertransference and the Patient’s Response : 1951 : Margaret Little or here

p38-51 : 3rd February 1954 : Chapter IV : The ego and the other

Subheadings: Resistance and transference, The feeling of presence, ‘Verwerfung’ (=+/) ‘Verdrängung’, Mediation and revelation, The inflections of speech

p52-61 : 10th February 1954 : Chapter V : Introduction and reply to Jean Hyppolite’s presentation of Freud’s ‘Verneinung’

Subheadings: The linguistic criss-crossing, The philosophical disciplines, Structure of hallucination, in every relation to the other, negation

The version published in the Écrits is more complete : Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Jacques Lacan comments Dream ‘fresh brains’ in Seminars I, III, VI & X and Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis : 26th & 27th September 1953 & Direction of the Treatment : 10th to 13th July 1958 by Julia Evans on 30th January 2014 or here

Introduction and reply to Jean Hyppolite’s presentation of Freud’s ‘Verneinung’ & the commentary : 10th February 1954 : Jacques Lacan & Jean Hyppolite or here

p59-61 :  Ego psychology and interpretation in psychoanalytic therapies (Case ‘fresh brains’) : December 1948 (New York) [1951] : Ernst Kris  or here

p59-61 :  Intellectual Inhibition & Disturbances in Eating (Dream ‘fresh brains’) : September 1933 [Published1938] : Melitta Schmideberg  or here

p62-72 : 17th February 1954 : Chapter VI : Discourse analysis and ego analysis

Subheadings : Anna Freud or Melanie Klein

The importance of symbol-formation in the development of the ego : 1930 : Melanie Klein  or here

THE TOPIC OF THE IMAGINARY

p73-88 : 24th February 1954 : Chapter VII : The topic of the imaginary

Subheadings : Meditation on optics, Introduction of the inverted bouquet, Reality : the original chaos, Imaginary : birth of the ego, Symbolic : the positions of the subject, Function of the myth of Oedipus in psychoanalysis

The importance of symbol-formation in the development of the ego : 1930 : Melanie Klein  or here

p89-106 : 10th March 1954 : Chapter VIII : The wolf! The wolf!

Subheadings : The case of Robert, Theory of the super-ego, The core of speech

p164 :  Ego psychology and interpretation in psychoanalytic therapies (Case ‘fresh brains’) : December 1948 (New York) [1951] : Ernst Kris or here

p107-117 : 17th March 1954 : Chapter IX : On narcissism

Subheadings : Concerning performatives [‘De ce qui fait acte’ – faire acte means ‘to act as, to give proof of’. The term ‘performative’ is taken from J. L. Austin, ‘How to do things with words’ Oxford University Press, 1962], Sexuality and libido, Freud or Jung, The imaginary in neurosis, The symbolic in psychosis

p118-128 : 24th March 1954 : Chapter X : The two narcissisms

Subheadings: The notion of drive, The imaginary in animals and in man, Sexual behaviour is particularly prone to the lure, The ‘Urich’

p129-142 : 31st March 1954 : Chapter XI : Ego-ideal and ideal ego

Subheadings: Freud line by line, The lures of sexuality, The symbolic relation defines the position of the subject in the imaginary

p143-162 : 7th April 1954 : Chapter XII : ‘Zeitlich-Entwicklungsgeschichte’ [the very first development or turn????]

Subheadings: The image of death, The sleeper’s real self, The name: the law, From the future to the past

BEYOND PSYCHOLOGY

p163-175 : 5th May 1954 : Chapter XIII : The see-saw of desire

Sub-headings: Confusion of tongues in analysis; Birth of the I; Misrecognition [méconnaissance] is not ignorance; The mystique of introjection; On primary masochism

Jacques Lacan comments Dream ‘fresh brains’ in Seminars I, III, VI & X and Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis : 26th & 27th September 1953 & Direction of the Treatment : 10th to 13th July 1958  by Julia Evans on 30th January 2014 or here

Notes on references by Jacques Lacan to Plato’s ‘Meno’, Nicolas Cusanus, Michel de Montaigne…by Julia Evans on 16th  March 2012 or here

Ego psychology and interpretation in psychoanalytic therapies (Dream ‘fresh brains’) : December 1948 (New York) [1951] : Ernst Kris or here

Intellectual Inhibition & Disturbances in Eating (Dream ‘fresh brains’) : September 1933 [Published1938] : Melitta Schmideberg or here

p176-186 : 12th May 1954 : Chapter XIV : The fluctuations of the libido

Subheadings: Aggressivity [=+/] Aggression, The word ‘elephant’, The moorings of speech, Transference and suggestion, Freud and Dora

p187-202 : 19th May 1954 : Chapter XV : The nucleus of repression

Subheadings: Naming desire, The ‘Prägung’ of the trauma, The forgetting of forgetting, The subject in science, The super-ego: A discordant statement

MICHAEL BALINT’S BLIND ALLEYS

p203-208 : 26th May 1954 : Chapter XVI : Preliminary interventions on Balint

Subheadings : Theory of love, Definition of character, Objectivation

p209-219 : 2nd June 1954: Chapter XVII: The object relation and the intersubjective relation

Subheadings: Balint and Ferenczi, The satisfaction of need, The map of tenderness, Intersubjectivity in the perversions, Sartrian analysis

p220-236 : 9th June 1954 : Chapter XVIII: The symbolic order

Subheadings : Perverse desire : Master and slave : Numerical structuation of the intersubjective field, The holophrase, Speech in the transference, Angelus Silesius

SPEECH IN THE TRANSFERENCE

p237-246 : 16th June 1954 : Chapter XIX : The creative function of speech

Subheadings : Every signification refers back to another signification, The companions of Odyssesu, Transference and reality, The concept is the time of the Thing, Hieroglyphics

p247-260 : 23rd June 1954 : Chapter XX : De Locutionis significatione

p261-272 : 30th June 1954 : Chapter XXI : Truth emerges from the mistake

Subheadings : Failed [Manqué] = Successful, Speech from beyond discourse, The word escapes me [Le mot me manque], The dream of the botanical monograph, Desire

Transmission according to Jacques Lacan by Julia Evans on 3rd January 2014 or here

– The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud  : available here is quoted twice by Lacan:

1) Quote, by Lacan, on p269 ‘After all, the best of what you know may not be told to boys.’ Quoted by Freud, p223 of PFL, in Part IV, Distortion in dreams, from Mesistopheles, in Goethe’s ‘Faust’, part 1, Scene 4

2)  The dream of the botanical monograph: Freud’s description on p257  of PFL :  Part V, The Material and sources of Dreams, (A) Recent and Indifferent Material in Dreams and Freud’s analysis in Part VI The dream-work, (A) The work of condensation : p386 of PFL. Lacan’s analysis is on p269 of this session.

P273-288 : 7th July 1954 : Chapter XXII: The concept of analysis:

Sub-headings: The intellectual and the affective; Love and hate in the imaginary and in the symbolic; Ignorantia Docta; Symbolic investiture; Discourse as labour; The obsessional and his master

Transmission according to Jacques Lacan by Julia Evans on 3rd January 2014 or here

Notes on references by Jacques Lacan to Plato’s ‘Meno’, Nicolas Cusanus, Michel de Montaigne…by Julia Evans on 16th March 2012

P289-298 : APPENDIX

A spoken commentary on Freud’s ‘Verneinung’, by Jean Hyppolite

Note: Originally published as ‘Commentaire parlée sur la ‘Verneinung’ de Freud’, La Psychanalyse 1, 1956, p29-40. Published, in French, at École Psychanalyse, Pas Tout Lacan here  and available as : 1954-02-10, Introduction au commentaire de Jean Hyppolite sur la Verneinung de Freud (9 pages) or here. Reprinted as Appendice I to Lacan’s Écrits, 1966, p879-887, and also in Jean Hyppolite, ‘Figures de la pensée philiosophique, écrits  de Jean Hyppolite, Parais: PUF, 1971, Vol 1, p385-396

p299-302 : Bibliography

p303-314 : Index

Quotes from Seminar I

1) As reference in ‘Love and Hate for Democracy: Not Without Humour’ :  by Nathalie Wülfing : 18th November 2018 : see here

Seminar I : 30th June 1954  : p271 of John Forrester’s translation :

Because words, symbols, introduce a hollow, a hole, thanks to which all manner of crossings are possible. Things become interchangeable.

Depending on the way one envisions it, this hole in the real is called being or nothingness. This being and this nothingness are essentially linked to the phenomenon of speech. It is within the dimension of being that the tripartition of thé’ symbolic, the imaginary and the real is to be found, those elementary categories without which we would be incapable of distinguishing anything within our experience.

It is not for nothing, no doubt, that there are three of them. There must be a minimal law in that, which geometry here only embodies, namely that, if, in the plane of the real, you detach a shutter which moves into a third dimension, the minimum number of shutters you need to construct something solid is two.

Such a schema makes you aware of the following – it is only in the dimension of being, and not in that of the real, that the three fundamental passions can be inscribed – at the junction of the symbolic and imaginary, this fault line, if you will, this ridge line called love – at the junction of the imaginary and the real, hate – and, at the junction of the real and the symbolic, ignorance.

We know that the dimension of transference exists from the start, implicitly, well before analysis begins, before this concubinage, which analysis is, triggers it. Now, these two possibilities of love and hate are never present without the third, which is commonly neglected, and which is not included as one of the primary components of transference – ignorance, as a passion. However, the subject who comes into analysis places himself, as such, in the position of someone who is in ignorance. There is no possible way into analysis without this point of reference – one never says it, one never thinks of it, whereas it is fundamental.

As speech moves forward, the upper pyramid is constructed, corresponding
to the working over of the Verdrângung, the Verdkhtung and the Verneinung. And being is realised.

 

Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London

 

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Of the clinic : here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

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