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Jacques Lacan

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Next Session - December 20 2010

A discussion of "My Teaching, its Nature and its Ends", a talk given by Lacan on April 20, 1967 to psychiatric interns, and "So You Will Have Heard Lacan",  talk given at the Faculty of Medicine, Strasbourg, on June 10, 1967.


Session 1 - November 22 2010

A discussion of "The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis", a revision of a lecture originally presented by Lacan to the Société Psychoanalytique de Paris in 1953.  In it he criticizes his colleagues for employing an ego-based psychology, and offers as an alternative the notion that the unconscious is structured like a language.



Yeah, comma was dropped and acronym transposed. Surely, it's free, right? According to the site, you can sign up (or contact her) below.

* Josefina AYERZA : JLW-Jacques Lacan Workshop “On The Four Fondamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis”

A partir de février 2011 Lieu : NYU, Stuyvesant, 3rd Av and 9 St, Manhattan, New York

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so it is all about language again. ouf! do you have her email?

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Depends on how you parse the announcement. I think it's saying that the JWL is free and open to all. Email her and ask her to add some commas!

Unfortunately the course is open and free only to the JWL. Does anyone know a way to get access to this? Can we ask her in person to let us in ? Does anyone know her ? It will be a great opportunity to attend her lectures on Lacan's Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, Seminar XI. . anyways just for the record i will go and try to get in with or without permission. I loathe elitism ; the main matter cultivated in NY city these days. It sucks !

FYI all - I'm not sure if this gathering is still operating, but Josefina Ayerza has announced the commencement of her own course:

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A reminder that the Lacan class will be meeting this coming Monday at 7pm. Please note that we will be meeting at 200 Schermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn.

The reading is much easier this time around. Give it a shot!

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Lacan obviously digested and called upon an enormous range of literature, but in a few cases one could say he directly borrowed ideas that would remain pivotal for him throughout his teaching. For instance:

Alexandre Kojève, "Introduction to the Reading of Hegel" – Lacan appropriates Kojève's interpretation of Hegel's Master/Slave dialectic.

Claude Levi-Strauss, "Structures of Kinship" – Lacan appropriates Levi-Strauss's linguistic account of the symbolic exchange, and its application to the minimum unit of kinship, the Oedipal triangle.

Roman Jakobson, "Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances" – Lacan appropriates Jakobson's partitioning of language into a selective, or metaphorical, axis and a combinatory, or metonymic, axis.

As a third approach we could discuss one of these, or the like, at some point.

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Thanks for a great conversation last week.

For those of you who couldn't make it, we have decided to proceed with an introductory emphasis, seeking out articulations of the basic premises of Lacan's work wherever we can. Having tried the seminal text approach, our next stop is a fairly recent translation of a series of talks Lacan gave shortly after the publication of his Ecrits in 1966, published as "My Teaching". It's one of the few instances where Lacan agreed to speak for the benefit of a lay audience, and it finds him in a less refractory mood than usual.

In the interest of making this class more manageable for everyone, I will try to isolate shorter excerpts of the readings where possible, and start the classes with a summary or outline of the reading.

If you have ideas for this class please don't hesitate to post a comment or come to the next session and share them with us.

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Here's a copy of the reading for next Monday:


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We're confirmed for Monday, November 22 at 7pm in the Common Room Lobby: 465 Grand Street in the Lower East Side.

I'll see if I can track down a pdf, but feel free to buy Ecrits:

Looking forward to it.


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