Perversion sexuelle transitoire au cours d’un traitement psychoanalytique (French only) : July 1955 (Geneva) : Ruth Lebovici

by Julia Evans on July 1, 1955

This case is examined by Jacques Lacan in Seminar IV : 19th December 2018 (publication immanent)  See Seminar IV : The Relation of Object and Freudian Structures 1956-1957 : from 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan : See here for information and links to notes.

and in P29 (Section 7) of Cormac Gallagher’s translation of The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan : See here

This appears to have been presented at the same Congress (19thPsycho-Analytical Congress in Geneva, 24-28 July 1955) as the paper examined by Jacques Lacan in Seminar IV : 12thDecember : The Reality of the Object and Economic Point of View : 25th July 1955 (Geneva) : Francis Pasche & Michel Renard  : See here. It is probable that Jacques Lacan was present at this conference.

Published

Bulletin d’activités de l’association des psychanalystes de Belgique, n° 25 (1956) p1-17

Available [here]

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Footnote (2) p15 of the text :

Depuis la rédaction de ce mémoire, ont été présentés au Congrès International de Psychanlyse (Genève 1955) des rapports sur le problème des perversions. Les travaux de Gillespie, Phyllis Greenacre, Nacht, Diatkine et Favreau ont apporté de nombreaux aperçus historiques et techniques qui confirment les quelques conclusions que nous avons cru pouvoir présenter ici.

Quotes from Seminar IV:

Seminar IV : 19thDecember 1956 : Earl’s Court Collective translation : Para 40 (provisional translation) : Now let us take a case which is developed in the journal cited last time :

Seminar IV : 12thDecember 1956 : p4 of Earl’s Court Collective’s translation : It happens that I fell upon a certain activity bulletin, that of the Association des Psychanalystes de Belgique. These are authors who we find in the volume which I referred to in the notes of my first session, a volume which I told you is truly centred on a shamelessly optimistic and altogether questionable viewpoint on the object relation which gives it its meaning. Here, in a slightly more confidential bulletin, it appears that things are criticised with more nuance,

– JE notes :

The activity bulletin refers to the publication of papers read to the 19th International Psycho-Analytical Congress in Geneva, July 1955, at which Jacques Lacan may have been present. The title of Ruth Lebovici’s paper translates as “Case of Transitory Sexual Perversion in the Course of an Analytic Treatment”.

Quote from Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power : 10th to 13th July 1958

P29 (Section 7) of Cormac Gallagher’s translation of The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

But that an animal odour should find its way into a technique that is conducted largely by ‘following your nose’, as they say, is not just ridiculous. Students from my seminar will recall the smell of urine that marked the turning point in a case of transitory perversion, which I used as a criticism of this technique. It cannot be said that it was unconnected with the accident that motivates the observation, since it is in spying, through a crack in the wall of a public lavatory, on a woman pissing that the patient suddenly transposed his libido, without anything, it seemed, predetermining it: infantile emotions bound up with the phantasy of the phallic mother having until then taken the form of a phobia.

Relationship to Object Relation Psychoanalysts

– Ruth Lebovici’s husband was Serge Lebovici, (See Notes & References for Jacques Lacan’s Seminar IV : 21st November 1956: Information here) who was a contributor to Sacha Nacht’s Collection : La psychanalyse d’aujourd’hui, Work published under the direction of S. Nacht in collaboration with M. Bouvet, R. Diatkine, A. Doumic, J. Favreau, M. Held, S. Lebovici, P.Luquet, P. Luquet-Parat, P. Male, J. Mallet, F. Pasche, M. Renard, Preface by E. Jones and J. de Ajuriaguerra, G. Bordarracco, M. Benassy, A. Berge, M. Bonaparte, M. Fain, P. Marty, P.C. Racamier, M. Schlumberger, S. Widerman ; P.U.F ; 1956

which is referred to on p4 of Earl’s Court Collective’s translation of Seminar IV : 21stNovember 1956. See Notes & References for Jacques Lacan’s Seminar IV : 21st November 1956 by Julia Evans on 28th February 2017 or here

See the end note of Seminar IV : The Relation of Object and Freudian Structures 1956-1957 : from 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan or here for an historical perspective of Jacques Lacan’s relationship with this group.

– Ruth Lebovici’s supervisor was Maurice Bouvet. One of his obsessional cases was examined in Seminar IV : 21stNovember 1965. See Clinical analysis : 1956 : Maurice Bouvet: See here

 

Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst in Earl’s Court, London

 

Further posts:

Some Lacanian history : here

Of the clinic : here

By Ruth Lebovici here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Translation Working Group here

Use of power here