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  • Welcome to Issue 43 of The Letter, Irish Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis.


    Excerpt from the Editorial:


    "This issue of The Letter concentrates on Lacan's heterogeneous topology in L’étourdit (1972) as an application of his “there is no sexual rapport” to saying, and on Frank Wedekind's play Spring Awakening, which anticipated both Freud‟s theory of sexuality and Lacan's thinking on this real of sex.


    While the first part of L’étourdit's “second turn”, translated here by Cormac Gallagher, ranges from the topology of surfaces to the matheme, it understands the second of Lacan's feminine formulae of sexuation as an a-sphere which sheds light on the impossibility of the universal. And if Lacan‟s mathematisation of subjectivity increasingly moves away from imaginary supports, Christian Fierens' commentary provides useful figures and tables to help the reader make sense of a difficult text.


    Since L’étourdit seeks to demonstrate the “heteros” topologically, we include a paper on topology by Jean-Pierre Georgin and Erik Porge which traces the transition in Lacan's theorisation of subjectivity from a reliance on perspective geometry to the Moebius strip and cross-cap. And Tony Hughes focuses on the torus and reproduces Lacan's diagrams from Seminar . Identification (1962) to explain that, for Lacan, the torus is not a metaphor for the structure of the subject."


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    Issue 43 - Spring 2010

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