Seminar X: The Anxiety (or Dread): 1962-1963: begins 14th November 1962: Jacques Lacan: Text in English & References

by Julia Evans on November 14, 1962

This is the start of a work-in-progress to track down the references to which Lacan refers in Seminar X.  In particular, help is requested on references to Freud and finding on-line copies in English to Kierkegaard and Hegel and………..  [Updated 19th December 2011, 23rd December 2011, 7th January 2012, 21st October 2012, 18th February 2014]

[Updated 7.1.2012] A note:  In the Walter Lowrie, 1957 translation, Kierkegaard’s title is translated as ‘The concept of dread’.  I prefer this translation of L’Angoisse.  {‘The Concept of Dread’ trans. by Walter Lowrie, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1957.}

Published in English:

Additional translation: The Seminar, Book X, Anxiety, translated by Adrian Price, Polity, Cambridge, 2014.

Jacques Lacan: Seminar X: Anxiety: 1962-1963. Cormac Gallagher’s translation, published by LacaninIreland, and available here. This is the translation which is used in the following. 

Date of Sessions and some references:

General Notes:

Lacan and Topology by Bruno de Florence : 8th October 2011

I           14th November 1962

(p5) Some relations between Jacques Lacan and Søren Kierkegaard: Seminars II, VII, X, XVII, XX & two of the Écrits or here

II         21st November 1962


Charles Blondel: La conscience morbide: 1919 (Translations available) JE will look for an on-line version.

The Concept of Dread (Anxiety) : 1844: Søren Kierkegaard : Available here.  Further details of Kierkegaard’s publications are available here.

G. W. F. Hegel: Phenomenology of the Spirit: 1807 Further references or on-line editions to be found.

David Rapoport (1953): On the psychoanalytic theory of affects: published in International Journal of Psychoanalysis: Vol 34, 3rd part: 1953: p166 – 198.


(p5) Some relations between Jacques Lacan and Søren Kierkegaard: Seminars II, VII, X, XVII, XX & two of the Écrits or here

III        28th November 1962


Claude Lévy-Strauss: La pensée sauvage:  References to be found.

The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud : Available here

IV        5th December 1962

V         12th December 1962


Ernest Jones (1910) : ‘Pathology of the Nightmare’ printed in Ernest Jones, ‘On Nightmares’ , International Psycho-analytical Library, The Hogarth Press, 1931 :  Some sections of this chapter are available here

VI        19th December 1962

VII       9th January 1963

VIII     16th January 1963


(p?) Some relations between Jacques Lacan and Søren Kierkegaard: Seminars II, VII, X, XVII, XX & two of the Écrits or here

IX        23rd January 1963


The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan : Available here

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

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

Phyllis Greenacre (1949) : General problems of Acting-out. Paper read at a meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association on May 1949 in Montreal. Adapted and then published: Psychoanalytic Quarterly: IV : Vol 19 Pt 4 : 1950 : p455 – 467. :

available 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 : Available here

X         30th January 1963


(p4 of Ch X) Margaret Little (1957): R:The analyst’s total response to his patient’s needs: International Journal for Psycho-Analysis, 1957: May – Aug 1957: Parts III – IV. [Updated 7.1.2012] And republished as p51 – 80 of Margaret I. Little, ‘Transference Neurosis and Transference Psychosis: Towards Basic Unity’, Aronson, New York & London, 1981:

Available here

Barbara Low (1935): The Psychological compensations of the analyst: International Journal of Psychoanalysis: Vol 16: January 1935

Thomas Szasz (1955): ‘On the theory of psychoanalytic treatment’. Paper read at the 22nd International Psychoanalytic Congress in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA on the 7th March 1955. Published as: ‘On the experiences of the analyst in the Psychoanalytic situation: a contribution to the theory of Psychoanalytic treatment’: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association: Vol 4: p197 – 223.

XI        Missing from both this translation and the French 2004 version – see below.  This was a closed session when the Margaret Little,  Barbara Low & Thomas Szasz articles were commented on by Madame Aulagmier and Monsieur Granoff. (Julia Evans intends to produce a text  on this article to try to cover this gap.)

XII      27th February 1963


Countertransference: 1956: Lucia E. Tower  : Available here

Margaret Little (1957) op.cit. : Available here

Barbara Low (1935): op. cit.

XIII     6th March 1963

XIV     13th March 1963

Countertransference: 1956: Lucia E. Tower  : Available  here

XV      20th March 1963


Countertransference: 1956: Lucia E. Tower  or  here


See The finger in the sand by Bruno de Florence on May 16, 2012 or here  for a discussion of the reference to Merleau-Ponty and Sartre.

(p175) Some relations between Jacques Lacan and Søren Kierkegaard: Seminars II, VII, X, XVII, XX & two of the Écrits or here

XVI     26th March 1963

XVII    8th May 1963

XVIII  15th May 1963

XIX     22nd May 1963

XIX     22nd May 1963


p225 & 226: Chapter XIX of Cormac Gallagher’s translation.  This passage refers both to Theodor Reik & the ‘shofar’. Available here The Shofar (The Ram’s Horn): 1919: Theodor Reik or here

XX      29th May 1963

XXI     5th June 1963


Notes from the Reading Seminar VII Group on 5th January 2013 & 8th December 2012 (Seminar VII : 2nd & 9th December 1959 : p48) or here

Preliminary notes from Seminar VII: 2nd & 9th December 1959 : p38 & p48 (Jean-Bertrand Lefèvre-Pontalis’ intervention : meeting on 5th January 2013 & 8th December 2012 or here

XXII   12th June 1963

XXIII  19th June 1963

Adonis Huxley: Adonis and the Alphabet (U.S. title: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow): 1956

XXIV  26th June 1963

XXV   3rd July 1963


The Concept of Dread (Anxiety) : 1844: Søren Kierkegaard : Available here.

Mourning and Melancholia: 1915 : Sigmund Freud : You will find Freud’s paper in English with the original German text laid out in the right hand column : published by : available here

Or Penguin Freud Library (pfl):  Volume 11 “On Metapsychology”: p245-269


(p307-308, 309) Some relations between Jacques Lacan and Søren Kierkegaard: Seminars II, VII, X, XVII, XX & two of the Écrits or here

Relevant Session to be located:

The following reference was found on the internet as belonging to Sem X. Following a thorough search of Sem X, I became suspicious as it is nowhere…  :

Sacha Nacht (1961): Presented to the 22nd International Psychoanalytic Conference in Edinburgh: July to August 1961: ‘The curative factors in psychoanalysis’. Published in the International Journal of Psycho-analysis: Vol 43: 1963: p206 – 211.

Further researches reveal the following (adapted from ‘Chronology: p209 to 211 of Dany Nobus: ‘Jacques Lacan and the Freudian Practice of Psychoanalysis’: Routledge: 2000):

1926, 4 November: creation of the Société Psychanalytique de Paris (SPP), the first association of French psychoanalysts.

1934, November: Lacan becomes a candidate (membre adhérent) of the SPP.

1936, 3 August:  Lacan attends the 14th Congress of the IPA at Marienbad (Máriánské Láznē, Czech Republic), where he presents ‘Le stade du miroir’.

1938, December:  Lacan finishes his analysis with Loewenstein and becomes a full member (membre titulaire) of the SPP.

1940, June: installation of the Vichy regime. The SPP suspends all its activities.

1946:  the SPP resumes its activities.

1948:  Lacan becomes a member of the Teaching Committee (Commission de l’Enseignement) of the SPP.

1949, 17 July:  Lacan attends the 16th Congress of the IPA in Zurich, where he presents another paper on the mirror-stage.

1951:  Lacan introduces sessions of variable length in his practice; this worries the other members of the SPP. During the following years he regularly explains his position without managing to convince his colleagues. Meanwhile, he gives a seminar on Freud’s Dora-case at his house, …

1951, 2 May:  ‘Some reflections on the Ego’, lecture at the British Psychoanalytic Society.

1951-1952: Seminar on Freud’s case of the Wolf Man.

1952, Summer:  Sacha Nacht (1901-1977), president of the SPP, presents his views on the organization of a new training institute (Institut de Psychanalyse).

1952, December:  Nacht resigns as director of the Institute, and Lacan is elected new director ad interim.

1952-1953:  Lacan’s seminar on Freud’s case of the Rat Man.

1953, 20 January:  Lacan is elected president of the SPP. Creation of the Société Française de Psychanalyse (SFP) by Daniel Lagache (1903-1972), Françoise Dolto (1908-1988) and Juliette Favez-Boutonnier (1903-1994); Lacan joins soon after.

1953, 8 July: Lacan gives the opening lecture at the SFP on the symbolic, the imaginary and the real.

1955, July: the IPA rejects the SFP’s request for affiliation.

1956, Winter:  first issue of the journal La Psychanalyse, containing Lacan’s ‘Rome Discourse, 23 September 1953’ and his translation of Heidegger’s ‘Logos’ 1951.

1959, July: the SFP renews its request for affiliation to the IPA. Nomination of a committee of enquiry.

1961, August: the SFP is accepted as an IPA Study Group on the condition that Lacan and Dolto are progressively removed from their training positions.

1963, August: the IPA stipulates that the SFP will lose its status if Lacan continues to be involved in training matters.

1963, 19 November:  a majority of SFP members decide to accept the IPA recommendation.

1963, 20 November: first and final session of Lacan’s seminar on ‘The Names-of-the-Father’.

1964, January:  Lacan starts a seminar on the foundations of psychoanalysis at the École Normale Supérieure (Rue d’Ulm. Paris), where he lectures under the auspices of the École Pratique des Hautes Études, a post for which Claude Lévi-Strauss and Louis Althusser have intervened on his behalf.

1964, 21 June:  Lacan found the École Freudienne de Paris (EFP).

1964, October:  final issue (8) of La Psychanalyse.

1965, 19 January: dissolution of the SFP (end of extract)

So Lacan and Nacht have form, is the background for this reference.  Nacht presents this text in 1961 just as steps are taken to remove Lacan from his training position.  I will add to this when I have seen this text which precedes Lacan’s Seminar X, The Anxiety or Dread, given 1962 to 1963.

References to be chased up:

‘preying mantis’ 3rd July 1963 & there are others……..

Published in French:

Jacques Lacan: Le Séminaire, Livre X, L’Angoisse:  Paris, Seuil:  June 9, 2004

This is a work in progress and please contact me with any other missing references.


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Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here