The Lacanian Tradition is unique among psychoanalytic schools in its influence upon academic fields such as literature, philosophy, cultural and critical studies. This book aims to make Lacan's ideas accessible and relevant also to mainstream psychoanalysts, and to showcase developments in Lacanian thinking since his death in 1981.
The volume highlights the clinical usefulness of such concepts as the paternal metaphor, the formula of fantasy, psychic structure, the central role of desire and the interlinking of the individual subject in the matrix of the Other. While these themes are woven through all the papers, each is a highly individual reflection upon some aspect of Lacanian theory, practice or history.
Lionel Bailly is a psychoanalyst and a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a practicing analyst of the Association Lacanienne Internationale and an Academic Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London Psychoanalysis Unit where he is particularly involved in the doctoral school. He trained in medicine and psychiatry at the Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. After a long collaboration with Jean Berges he became head of Sainte-Anne's Biopsychopathology Unit, which he led until moving to London in 2000. He is the author of two books, one on psychotrauma in children (in French) and Lacan: A Beginner's Guide (in English). David Lichtenstein is a psychoanalyst in New York, Editor of DIVISION/Review, a quarterly psychoanalytic forum; faculty at CUNY Graduate Center, New School University; and founding member of Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. He is a member of the faculty at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Sharmini Bailly is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in the NHS and in private practice in the UK, and a member of the British Psychotherapy Foundation. She worked for eighteen years in radio and television journalism and had extensive experience in producing and presenting international news, arts features and documentaries before turning to psychoanalysis. Her first psychoanalytic writing was her contribution to the 2009 book, Lacan: A Beginner's Guide.
CONTENTS ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS x PREFACE x Lionel Bailly INTRODUCTION x Lionel Bailly, David Lichtenstein & Sham Bailly PART I: SOME HISTORICAL REFLECTIONS CHAPTER ONE The Changing forms of a research programme x Bernard Burgoyne CHAPTER TWO French Psychoanalyis and Lacan x Sara Flanders CHAPTER THREE The Founding Act, the Cartel and the riddle of the PLUS ONE x Cormac Gallagher PART TWO: SOME CENTRAL CONCEPTS CHAPTER FOUR Lacan's version of the Oedipus Complex x Lionel Bailly CHAPTER FIVE Object a x Alain Vanier CHAPTER SIX An Essay on Transitivism Jean Berges and Gabriel Balbo x CHAPTER SEVEN The Logical Time of Diagnosis: Terms and Conditions of the Symptom in the Lacanian Tradition x Dany Nobus PART THREE: SOME CLINICAL REFLECTIONS CHAPTER EIGHT The borderlines between psychiatry and psychoanalysis x Nestor A. Braunstein CHAPTER NINE Two Affects: Love and Hate x Colette Soler CHAPTER TEN The Desire Of The Analyst And Counter-Transference From the mirror analyst to the desiring analyst x Maurice Khoury PART FOUR: BEYOND THE CLINIC CHAPTER ELEVEN The letter against literary interpretation: Lacan's critique of literature x Jean-Michel Rabate CHAPTER TWELVE A New Psychic Economy x Charles Melman