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  • Welcome to Issue 41 of The Letter, Irish Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis.


    Excerpt from the Editorial:


    "This issue of The Letter concentrates on Lacan’s L’Etourdit from 1972, published in Scilicet in 1973. While Charles Melman had originally advised against its publication and Christian Fierens has asked ‘is it readable?’, one of our cartels has worked on it for a year and found it to be one of the later Lacan’s great écrits. This cartel was joined by another - and by Christian Fierens from Brussels - for a study-day on this enigmatic text in May 2009. This issue contains the papers and exchanges from that day. L’Etourdit itself has been painstakingly translated by Cormac Gallagher and it is published here in English for the first time. This will be an invaluable resource for other cartels whose members are courageous enough to follow Lacan’s ‘saying’ in it.


    As an introduction to L’Etourdit, Cormac Gallagher examines the places where Lacan taught, St. Anne, the Ecole Normale Supérieur and the Sorbonne. He associates these with the role of ‘place’ in Lacan’s four discourses and four formulae of sexuation and he demonstrates that Christian Fierens’ reading of the text is an invaluable aid to resolving its enigmas. Hence our including his translation of the introduction to Fierens book, Lecture de L’Etourdit. Lacan 1972, as a further key to our bi-lingual version of the original text. We are grateful to Cormac and to Tony Hughes for inserting Fierens’ helpful subheadings as well as references to the later - Autres écrits (2001) - version."


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    Issue 41 - Summer 2009

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