Lacan and Levi-Strauss or The Return to Freud (1951-1957)

Author(s) : Markos Zafiropoulos, Translator : John Holland

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Lacan and Levi-Strauss or The Return to Freud (1951-1957)

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Lacan and Levi-Strauss are often mentioned together in reviews of French structuralist thought, but what really links their distinct projects? In this important study, Markos Zafiropoulos shows how Lacan's famous 'return to Freud' was only made possible through Lacan's reading of Levi-Strauss. Via a careful and illuminating comparison of the work of the psychoanalyst and that of the anthropologist, Zafiropoulos shows how Lacan's theories of the symbolic function, of the power of language, of the role of the father and even of the unconscious itself owe a major debt to Levi-Strauss.

Lacan and Levi-Strauss is much more than an academic study of the relations between these two thinkers: it is also a superb introduction to the work of Lacan, setting out with detail and lucidity the major concepts of his work in the 1950s.

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NOTE TO THE READER AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
 The young Lacan
CHAPTER ONE
 The transcendence of the imaginary by the symbolic or the mirror stage and the symbolic function
 Freud's technique, transference from Lacan to Freud, and the post-Freudians' resistance to Freud
 The effectiveness of symbols: From Anna Freud to Claude Lévi-Strauss
 From the mirror stage to the inverted bouquet
CHAPTER TWO
 The subject receives from the Other his own message in an inverted form: An investigation
 Presentation on Transference (1951)
 "The Freudian Thing or the Meaning of the Return to Freud in Psychoanalysis"
 1953
 The Rome Report: "The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis" or testifying to a pass (September 1953)
CHAPTER THREE
 The name of the father, psychosis and phobia
 From the Rat Man to little Hans: The question of the Name-of-the-Father
 The institutional forms of the zero value
 Object Relations: Book IV of the Seminar, 1956-1957
CONCLUSION
 The doxa: Its ideals and the repression of Lévi-Strauss
 Louis Althusser's point of view
 The essential: Lacan's point of view
 Thanks to Lévi-Strauss
POSTLUDE
 Making the world incomplete
 The lack in the other
 Lacan as a critic of Lévi-Strauss
 The sublime excommunicant
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

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Markos Zafiropoulos is a psychoanalyst and a sociologist. He is Director of Studies at the CNRS Centre for Research in Psychoanalysis and Social Practises in Paris and author of several acclaimed books, including Tristesse dans la Modernite and Lacan et les Sciences Sociales: le Declin du Pere.

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