Ecritique Volume 7

Ecritique Volume 7

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Madeline Andrews

In a work entitled Freud and the Non-European, Edward W. Said states that, “to say of Freud’s relationship with Judaism that it was conflicted is to venture an understatement. At times he was proud of his belonging, even though he was irremediably anti-religious; at other times he expressed annoyance with and unmistakable disapproval of Zionism”

The Affair of the Secretary and the Psychoanalyst

Peter Gunn

What place does the secretary have in a school of psychoanalysis? After all, the term suggests one who acts as no more than support for the authority of another. There is of course a place for such a functionary in many an administration. Even in a school of psychoanalysis this cannot be avoided.


Michael Plastow

Prior to departing Paris for Caracas, Venezuela in June 1980, Lacan declared: "Those Latin-Americans, as they are called, unlike those who are here, have neither seen me nor heard me live – well – that does not prevent them from being Lacanos."

Lacanoamerican Reunion of Bahía Blanca 2009

Daniel Paola

The thirteenth Lacanamerican Reunion was held in the Argentinian city of Bahía Blanca from November 4th to 7th 2009. It was organized by the Seminario Freudiano de Bahía Blanca, its Executive Committee consisting of Claudia Biondini, Laura Guterman, Maria Beatriz Sbardellati and Maria Florencia Suarez.

Introduction to ‘The Situation of Psychoanalysis’

Michael Plastow

The three interviews that follow were originally published in Portuguese under the title “The Situation of Psychoanalysis in 2001”, in the journal Antígona in October of that year. Antígona was published by Toro de Psicanálise (Torus of Psychoanalysis) in Brazil. Given that the interviews were conducted by psychoanalysts of Torus of Psychoanalysis, I asked Taciana Mafra, a psychoanalyst of that school, to describe it and this was her account...

The Situation of Psychoanalysis

Interview with José Zuberman

The Lacanian Psychoanalytic movement in Argentina is fundamentally alive, it exists. There are intense debates, not just in the psychoanalytic institutes, but also in the hospital milieu and in the whole cultural sphere. It is difficult to open the Cultural Supplement of any of the major Argentinean newspapers without coming across some article referring to Freud and Lacan...

The Situation of Psychoanalysis

Interview with Oscar Zentner

Could you describe the Lacanian Psychoanalytic movement in Australia, 100 years since the birth and two decades since the death of Jacques Lacan?

The Situation of Psychoanalysis

Interview with Ricardo Landeira

Could you describe the Lacanian Psychoanalytic movement in Uruguay, 100 years since Jacques Lacan’s birth and two decades since his death?

Psychosis, Psychoanalysis and Spirituality

Michael Plastow

What I would like to do together with you today is to examine the question of psychosis, and those suffering from psychosis, in relation to the notion of spirituality with which we are often confronted in these people. I am a psychoanalyst, and a child psychiatrist, and I will use psychoanalysis to help us think our way around these things. I will probably refer to ‘patients’ because this is a traditional term in both psychiatry and psychoanalysis but more importantly the term patients is derived from the Latin patiens, which means to suffer from or to endure something.

The Savage, the Sign and the Signifier

Serge Granier de Cassagnac

In 1799, a 12-year-old child, naked and wild, is captured in a wood in the South of France. According to the observations of the inhabitants of this region, it seems that he had spent approximately 7 years living alone in the woods, left to his own devices. Doctor Jean Itard, a specialist of the deaf and dumb, set himself the task of attempting to give him an education, and in particular to assist him to come into language.