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The Letter, Issue 35, Autumn 2005, Pages 43 - 49


Florencia F. C. Shanahan

There is not such a

consubstantial problem with

letters and their modest

mystery than the one posed by




It has been said about Joyce's Ulysses, among many other things, that it should be read in English, and in a loud voice. We did this, together with some colleagues, in rotation, during a year. I had been living in Dublin for three months when we began.

From what that experience produced many questions arose, from which I choose two lines of work, whose first articulations I would like to outline today.

Firstly, the problem of idiom, related to that of translation, pertinent to psychoanalysis from many and different perspectives. Secondly, the problem of the pair to hear/to read and their difference, which introduces us to the question of writing, central to our field.

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