Studying Lacan's Seminars IV and V: From Lack to Desire

Editor : Carol Owens, Editor : Nadezhda Almqvist

Studying Lacan's Seminars IV and V: From Lack to Desire

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : January 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 244
  • Category :
    Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 94071
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367027681
  • ISBN 10 : 0367027682
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This is the first collection of essays to offer a comprehensive analysis of, and reflection on, the major themes emergent in Jacques Lacan's seminars of 1955-56 and 1956-57: Seminar IV - the object relation, and Seminar V - formations of the unconscious. Assessing the value of a clinical approach orientated around the question of the object lack in the contemporary clinic, the book comprises 16 chapters which follow the development of a range of concepts elaborated by Lacan in these seminars, including sustained engagement with his critique of object relations theory. It considers the effectiveness of these early ideas in clinical practice in relation to hysteria, phobia, fetishism, obsessional neurosis, and of the so-called Borderline case. Lacan's early concepts are also subjected to critique for engagement with Queer theory, and research in asexuality or the operation(s) of the signifier Phallus. The chapters build to provide an invaluable resource to interpret and evaluate Lacan's early teaching, and to find in his early concepts a fresh utility and scope for both clinical work and psychoanalytic research and enquiry. The book will be of great interest to Lacanian scholars and students, as well as psychoanalytic therapists, and analysts interested in Lacan's early work.

About the Editor(s)

Dr Carol Owens is a psychoanalyst and clinical supervisor in private practice in North Dublin. She has lectured on psychoanalysis at Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, and Independent Colleges Dublin. A registered practitioner member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland, she is also the founder of the Dublin Lacan Study Group. Her work has been published in a number of journals and books.

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