Has Jacques Lacan's impact on psychoanalysis really been assessed? His formulation that the Freudian unconscious is "structured like a language" is well-known, but this was only the beginning. There was then the radically new thesis of the "real unconscious". Why this step? Searching for the Ariadne's thread that runs throughout Lacan's ever-evolving teaching, this book illuminates the questions implicit in each step, and sheds new light on his revisions and renewals of psychoanalytic concepts. In tracing these, the author brings out their consequences for the clinic, and in particular, for the subject, for symptoms, for affects, and for the aims of treatment itself. The last section of the book examines the political import of these developments. If many analysts since Freud have dreamt of reinventing psychoanalysis, the author shows the ways in which Lacan succeeded in this reinvention.
Colette Soler is holder of the University Agregation and a psychoanalyst trained by Jacques Lacan. She is a founder member of the School of Psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field, and the author of 'What Lacan Said about Women' and 'Lacanian Affects', as well as numerous other publications. She currently practises and teaches psychoanalysis in Paris.