Écrits, a selection (Jacques Lacan) : 1977 : Alan Sheridan

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1977

Author & Translator: Alan Sheridan

With Commentaries on the graphs and Classified index of the major concepts by Jacques-Alain Miller : 1966

Published: Écrits, a selection: London, Tavistock: 1977

Contents & availability

Translator’s note – page vii – xii of  here

Bibliographical note – page xiii – xiv of here

ONE 
The mirror stage as formative of the function of the I – Page 1 – 7 :

Information & availability : Mirror Stage: 1936, 1938, 1949, 1966: Jacques Lacan or here

TWO
 Aggressivity in psychoanalysis – page 8 – 29

Information & availability Aggressivity in Psychoanalysis : mid-May 1948 (Brussels) : Jacques Lacan or here

THREE
 The function and field of speech and language in psychoanalysis – Page 30 – 113

Information & availability : The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis (Rome) : 26th September 1953 : Jacques Lacan or here

FOUR
 The Freudian thing – page 114 – 145

Information & availability : The Freudian Thing or the Meaning of the Return to Freud in Psychoanalysis : (Vienna) 7th November 1955 : Jacques Lacan or here

FIVE 
The agency of the letter in the unconscious or reason since Freud – page 146 – 178

Information & availability : The Agency (Insistence or Instance) of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason since Freud (Sorbonne, Paris) : 9th May 1957 : Jacques Lacan or here

SIX On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis – page 179 – 225

Information & availability : On a question preliminary to any possible treatment of psychosis : 1955-1956 : two most important parts of Seminar III : Jacques Lacan or here This is dated December 1955 to January 1956  at the end of the text

SEVEN The direction of the treatment and the principles of its power – page 226 – 280

Information & availability: The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of its Power:10th-13th July 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

EIGHT The signification of the phallus – page 281 – 291

Information & availability : The Meaning (or Signification) of the Phallus (Munich): 9th May 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

NINE The subversion of the subject and the dialectic of desire in the Freudian unconscious – page 292 – 325

Information The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire (Royaumont): 19th to 23rd September 1960: Jacques Lacan or here

CLASSIFIED index of the major concepts – Page 326 – 331

Classified index of the major concepts: 1966 : Jacques-Alain Miller

Translated by Alan Sheridan :

P326 – 331 of here

COMMENTARY on the graphs – Page 332 – 335

Commentary on the graphs : 1966 : Jacques-Alain Miller

Published in a supplement to the second edition of the Écrits & published separately in Les Cahiers de l’Analyse Nos. l-2 (1968)

Translated by Alan Sheridan :

P332 – 335 of here

See also p293, 296 & 297 of Lacan and the Discourse of the Other : 1968 : Anthony Wilden : Availability here

INDEX of Freud’s German terms page 336

P336 of here

Index of proper names Page 337

Published in French:

Écrits : Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller : 1966 : Éditions du Seuil

Many of the texts are available individually at the web-site of École Lacanienne de la Psychanalyse : http://www.ecole-lacanienne.net/fr/p/lacan /5. Pas-tout Lacan

For further details of the availability of translations, please see Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Commentary & Background Information

Prefatory Note, the historical background of ‘The Function of Language in Psychoanalysis’ (1953) by Jacques Lacan : 1968 : Anthony Wilden or here

Lacan and the Discourse of the Other : 1968 : Anthony Wilden or here

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

Commentaries & Information from ‘Jacques Lacan & the École Freudienne: Feminine Sexuality’ : 1982 : Juliet Mitchell and Jacqueline Rose or here

The works of Jacques Lacan: an introduction : 1986 : Bice Benvenuto & Roger Kennedy or here

 From the book cover (1977 updated after 1981):

Jacques Lacan was arguably the most influential French thinker after Sartre. Yet of the extraordinary constellation of minds to emerge into prominence in France in the 1950s – Lévi-Strauss, Althusser, Barthes, Foucault, and others – Lacan took the longest to achieve general recognition. The notorious density of his language was one reason for the dealy. Another was that he was not a systematic thinker, unfolding the development of his thought from one book to another. Indeed, his only ‘book’, his doctoral thesis on paranoia, was published as long ago as 1932. He was a practising psychoanalyst, concerned particularly with the training of analysts. He was also a lecturer; for over twenty years his weekly ‘seminar’ was a principal source of his influence and reputation in France. A true follower of Freud, he listened, then spoke. All these ‘writings’ originated as speech, as lectures delivered to fellow analysts or students. This selection of the Écrits – Lacan’s own – represents just under half of the original French volume.

For Lacan, much of the development in psychoanalysis that followed Freud was a betrayal, an evasion of the radical nature of the original Freudian insights. Freud’s theory and practice was either ossified into an institutionalized orthodoxy or distorted by various ‘revisionisms’. Lacan’s own way was to return to Freud’s writings, and to the unconscious as the preponderant concern for psychoanalysis. The gist of all Lacan’s teaching was implicitly contained in a principle stated by Freud: that psychoanalysis is the intersubjective communication between analyst and patient and its sole medium is the patient’s speech. Lacan himself made explicit the significance of this statement in his famous dictum: ‘the unconscious is structured as a language’.

Jacques Lacan died in 1981.

‘The Selection, authorized by Lacan, is necessary reading for anyone concerned with psychoanalysis and its radical effect on all the other human sciences.’: New Society

Further Texts & Information

By Jacques Lacan : Available here

Topology and the Lacanian clinic here

Lacanian History : here

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here