Mirror Stage: August 1936 (Marienbad), 1938, July 17th 1949 (Zurich), 1966: Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on August 1, 1936

For an introductory text, see : A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: 1982: John P. Muller and William J. Richardson or here  or : Introduction (The works of Jacques Lacan: an introduction): 1986: Bice Benvenuto & Roger Kennedy  or here

Index

Time line

Published in English & Alan Sheridan/Jacques-Alain Miller’ Commentary

Bibliographical note pxiii of ‘Écrits, a selection':

Comment

Published in French

References to the mirror stage:

Other Commentaries

Further Reading

Timeline

1936:  Jacques Lacan delivered a paper ‘Le stade du mirroir at the fourteenth International Psychoanalytical Congress, held at Marienbad in August 1936 under the chairmanship of Ernest Jones, but it was not published until 1938.

1938: Its contents are outlined in his article on the family in the ‘Encyclopedie Française’. For availability, see: Family Complexes in the Formation of the Individual: 1938: Jacques Lacan

July 17th 1949: Delivered as a paper at the 16th International Psychoanalytic Congress, Zurich

1966: a revised version of this paper is published in in the Écrits

Published in English:

1.  Translated Jean Roussel:

1a) The Mirror-phase as Formative of the Function of the I: 1949: New Left Review: no 51: 1968: p71-77:

Available here

1b) Reprinted in Slavoj Žižek (ed) Mapping Ideology: Verso, London & New York: 1994: p93-99

2) Translated, from the 1966 edition of the Écrits, by Alan Sheridan:

2a) The Mirror-phase as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience: July 17th 1949 : Published: Écrits, a selection: London, Tavistock: 1977: p1-7

Available here

Commentaries : Translator’s note, Bibliography Note : 1977 : Alan Sheridan & Classified index of the major concepts, Commentary on the graphs : 1966 : Jacques-Alain Miller : from ‘Écrits: a selection’ or here

Bibliographical note pxiii of ‘Écrits, a selection':

(Note: This is Alan Sheridan’s translation of the introductory note in the 1966 publication of ‘Écrits’.)

The Mirror-phase as Formative of the Function of the I

‘Le stade du mirroir comme formateur de la fonction du Je’.  An earlier version, entitled simply ‘Le stade du miroir, was delivered at the fourteenth International Psychoanalytical Congress, held at Marienbad in August 1936 under the Chairmanship of Ernest Jones. An English translation of this version appeared in ‘The International Journal of Psychoanalysis’: vol 18, part 1: January 1937, under the title, ‘The Looking-Glass Phase’. A much later version was delivered at the sixteenth International Psychoanalytical Congress, in Zurich on July 17, 1949. It was published in the ‘Revue française de psychanalyse: no 4: October-December 1949: p449-55. The present translation is of the later version.

Comment

This version is disputed by Jane Gallop (see p75 of ‘Reading Lacan’: Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985 & Lacan’s “Mirror Stage”: Where to Begin: Jane Gallop: published in SubStance (see below): 1982-1983) and by David Ross Fryer (p45 of The intervention of the other: ethical subjectivity in Levinas and Lacan: New York: Other Press, 2005 and available here…….) Apparently, although Jacques Lacan did give the paper at the Marienbad conference, he never submitted it for publication. There is no paper by Lacan in the IJP: 1937 though reference is made to Lacan’s presentation by title.

2b) Reprinted in Dan Latimer (Ed): Contemporary Critical Theory: 1989: Harcourt Brace, New York: p500 – 509

2c) Reprinted in Robert Con Davis and Ronald Schleifer (eds): Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies: 3rd Edition: Longman, NY & London: 1994: p381-386

3) Translated by Bruce Fink:

3a)  Published: ‘Écrits: the first complete edition in English’, W.W. Norton & Company, 2006

Published in French:

a)  Revue française de psychanalyse: no 4: October-December 1949: p449-55

b)  Le stade du mirroir comme formateur de la fonction du Je telle qu’elle nous est révélée dans l’expérience psychanalytique: Écrits: Paris, du Suiel: 1966: p93-100

c)  In French, Published by École Lacanienne de la Psychanalyse (pastoutLacan),here and available here. This is dated the 17th July 1949.

References to the mirror stage:

Sem X:  Session of 28th November1962 at Jacques Lacan: Seminar X: The Anxiety (or Dread): 1962- 1963: Text in English & References

Commentaries: 

i)  Ch 1: The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience: A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: John P. Muller & William J. Richardson: Published by International Universities Press, NY, USA: 1982:

Available here

Background information & commentaries : A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: 1982: John P. Muller and William J. Richardson or here

ii) ‘Lacan’s “Mirror Stage”: Where to Begin’: Author – Jane Gallop: published in ‘SubStance': Vol. 11/12, Vol. 11, no. 4 – Vol. 12, no. 1, Issue 37-38: A Special Issue from the Center for Twentieth Century Studies (1982/1983): pp. 118-128: Available here

iii)  p75 of ‘Reading Lacan’: Jane Gallop: Ithaca: Cornell University Press: 1985

iv)  Chapter 2 The Mirror Stage (1936): p47 to 62 of ‘The works of Jacques Lacan: an introduction': Bice Benvenuto & Roger Kennedy : Free Association Books, London: 1986

Available here

Benvenuto Bice & Roger Kennedy: Content & Introduction of ‘The works of Jacques Lacan: an introduction':1986: p0 to 27 of ‘The works of Jacques Lacan: an introduction’ Free association Books, London, 1986: Available here

v) P45 of ‘The intervention of the other: ethical subjectivity in Levinas and Lacan’: By David Ross Fryer:  New York, Other Press, 2005: available here

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Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here

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