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An ex-eyety: a Lacanian signifier?

The Letter, Issue 11, Autumn 1997, Pages 76 - 82


Josette Zouein

In a virtual dictionary of umheimlich, we read the following:

An exciety: Anxiety between vinegar and acid.

An egg-sighty: See 'Histoire de l'oeil, by Georges Bataille;

Anex-eyety: Clairvoyance; Organs donatini.

An ex-eyety: See 'Sandman'; See 'The Merchant and the Genie'.

An ex-sighty: Oedipus; King Lear; Last session of a Lacanian analysis.

An x eye-eaty: See 'The devouring eye’, by Roger Caillois.

An Xeyety: Because artists in general and painters in particular, make it possible to see what is not to be seen.

Un ex-eyety: The ethics in 'The Merchant and the Genie', in 'The Thousand and One Nights'.

’Selon Lacan, ce n ’est pas I ’homo homini lupus mais lajouissance qui constitute le lien le plus primitif entre le sujet et l'Autre... ’M. Safouan.

’The eye is not satisfied with seeing. Ecclesiastes 1:8.

In his commentary on Freud's umheimlich,[1] Lacan notes the importance given by Freud to the linguistic analysis of the concept 'Uncanny'. This is a fact which, from his point of view, justifies the importance which he conferred on the function of the signifier. Here, Lacan seems to be asking, was Freud a Lacanian, avant la lettre?

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