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

by Julia Evans on May 9, 1957

This lecture took place on the 9th May 1957 in the Descartes Amphitheatre of the Sorbonne, at the request of the philosophy group of the Fédération des étudiants ès Lettres. The lecture was written up May 14-16 1957 and published in volume titled ‘Psychoanalysis and the Sciences of Man’, then in Écrits : 1966. 

Translated into English

1) Translated by Jan Miel : as The Insistence of the Letter in the Unconscious : Yale French Studies, Vol 36/37, 1966 ,p112-147 :

Available here

Reprinted in Jacques Ehrmann (ed) : Structuralism : 1970 : NY Anchor Books : p101-137

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2) Published in Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan : Information here

– Translated by Alan Sheridan as ‘The agency of the letter in the unconscious or reason since Freud’ : p146-176 of Jacques Lacan, Écrits – a selection, Tavistock, 1977

Available in 3 parts:

a) p146-169 : here

b) p170-173 : here

c) p174 to end : here

– Translated by Bruce Fink as ‘The instance of the letter in the unconscious or reason since Freud’ in Écrits, Jacques Lacan, The first complete edition in English : W.W. Norton & Co : 2002 : p412-444

Published in French:

a) La Psychanalyse III : 1957 p47-81

b) Écrits : 1966 : Information here

c) Pas Tout Lacan :

Published at École Lacanienne de la Psychanalyse – Pas Tout Lacan : here  : available, in French, here  [1957-05-09  – L’instance de la lettre dans l’inconscient ou la raison depuis Freud or here ]

NOTE : Published at École Lacanienne de la Psychanalyse – Pas Tout Lacan (here): This site has been redesigned and I cannot find this text on it. The nearest is 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

A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: 1982: John P. Muller and William J. Richardson : Information here: Ch 5: The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious or Reason Since Freud : Available here  :

Further information :

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

References

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

Presented at the panel on Technical Implications of Ego Psychology at the midwinter meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, New York , December 1948.

Published in Psychoanalytic Quarterly: Vol 20: 1951

Information here

Further information

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here

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