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 :

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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

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– 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’ See  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 at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net  /lacan 

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

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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, London

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Further posts:

Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan Information here

Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan Information here

Some Lacanian history here

Lacanian Transmission here

Of the clinic here

Topology and the Lacanian clinic   here

Translation Working Group here

From LW working groups here

Use of power here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud  here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

By Alan Sheridan here

By Julia Evans here