The Purloined Letter and the Tao of the Psychoanalyst : 10th March 1999 (Paris) : Éric Laurent

by Julia Evans on March 10, 1999

This paper was delivered on 10th March 1999 as the eleventh session of Jacques-Alain Miller’s Series of Seminars, L’orientation lacanienne III, 1, L’expérience du réel dans la cure analytique.

Originally published :

La lettre volée et le vol sur la lettre : ‘La cause freudienne’: Issue 43 : Paris : October 1999

Published in English:

Translated by Marc Thomas and Victoria Woollard

1) Psychoanalytic Notebooks of the London Society : Issue 9 Fictions in Psychoanalysis : 2002

Available here

2) reprinted as Eric Laurent, in “The Purloined Letter and the Tao of the Psychoanalyst” (The Later Lacan: An Introduction, edited by Veronique Voruz and Bogdan Wolf, State University of New York Press, 2007, pp. 25-52

Available here

3) Hurly-Burly : Issue 9 : May 2013

References to Lacan:

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  1. Seminar V : The Formations of the Unconscious : 1957-1958 : begins 6th November 1957 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availabiity here
  2. Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here
  3. Seminar on ‘The Purloined Letter’ : 26th April 1955 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here
  4. ‘… is it your countenance (or figure) that traces our destiny …’ from The Agency (Insistence or Instance) of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason since Freud (Sorbonne, Paris) : 9th May 1957 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here : p420 of Bruce Fink’s translation
  5. ‘… in which Lacan shares (or confides) with us ….’ : The Agency (Insistence or Instance) of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason since Freud (Sorbonne, Paris) : 9th May 1957 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here : p419-420 of Bruce Fink’s translation
  6. Lacan saying: I said the letter was the reason behind the unconscious. … from Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here
  7. Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here published in French in 1966 : a collection of Lacan’s papers :
  8. Seminar on ‘The purloined letter’ : op. cit. : Information & availability here
  9. ‘Lacan gave as an example the way in which the word tête is taken up in tempête’ from The Instance of the Letter… : op.cit. : : Information & availability here : p420 of Bruce Fink’s translation
  10. 10.. ‘…but that the letter should be primary in these effects is not a must’ from Lituraterre : op. cit. or Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here
  1. ‘The question of whether what the textbooks seem to make a great show of… from Lituraterre : available Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan or here
  2. Apologue to the Seminar on ‘The purloined letter’ : op. cit. : Information & availability here
  3. Lacan summarises this in the following way: the letter produces an effect of feminisation. … from Lituraterre : available Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan or here
  4. Seminar on ‘The purloined letter’ : op. cit. : Information & availability here
  5. L’Étourdit available : L’Étourdit: 1972: Jacques Lacan or here
  6. Joyce – le – Sinthome a) This may be a reference to Seminar XXIII: The Sinthome : 1975-1976 : published in French Ornicar? 6(1976): 3-20; 7(1976): 3-18; 8(1976): 6-20; 9(1977): 32-40; 10(1977)5-12; and 11(1977): 2-9 : Availability in English translation given: Seminar XXIII: The Sinthome or Joyce and the Sinthome: 1975-1976: beginning on November 18th 1975 : Jacques Lacan Or here b) Or more probably to the written version of Joyce the Symptôm (Sinthôme) I & II : 16th June 1975 : Jacques Lacan : Availability & information here
  1. R. S. I. : Seminar XXII: R. S. I. : 1974-1975: from 19th November 1974 : Jacques Lacan Information & availability here
  2. Lituraterre : available Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan or here
  3. Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here
  4. “I’m coming back from a journey in Japan” says Lacan. : from Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here
  5. Seminar on ‘The purloined letter’ : op. cit. : Information & availability here
  6. Lacan tells us, becomes littoral: “… between knowledge and jouissance, there is the littoral…. : from Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan : available here
  7. Seminar XX: Encore: 1972 – 1973: from 21st November 1972 : Jacques Lacan : Availability & information here
  8. Seminar on ‘The purloined letter’ : op. cit. : Information & availability here
  9. Seminar XIV: The logic of phantasy: 1966-1967: begins 16th November 1966 : Jacques Lacan : Information & availability here
  10. “the way in so far as it is that which is nameless, and that can all the same, name itself”. : from Seminar III: The Psychoses: 1955-1956: from 16th November 1955: Jacques Lacan, information & availability here : Seminar III : 30th May 1956 : p228 of Russell Grigg’s translation : (also mentions the sheaf though may not be the exact reference more probably from Lituraterre, op. cit. : Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan or here )
  11. … sentence, written in 1971: “physical science finds itself, is going to find itself, brought back to the consideration of the sympton, in fact, by the pollution of the environment : from Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan : Availability & information here

References to Sigmund Freud:

A note upon the “mystic writing-pad.”: 1925a : Sigmund Freud

References to François Cheng available here

 

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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst in Earl’s Court, London

 

Further texts

Éric Laurent : here

Jacques Lacan : here

Sigmund Freud : here

Commentaries on texts by Jacques Lacan : here