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Denise Brett – The Lost Subject


THE LETTER 35 (Autumn 2005) pages 72-78


You less is – the subject appears in the loss, the cut, the break, the slip, the ambiguity of language. How so for the psychotic subject whose whole essence relies on the whole, the complete, one cut in any register being enough to orchestrate the demise of the psychotic subject. Travel or knot t’ravel, a question for the neurotic or a given for the psychotic. ‘Not knot’, ‘who’s there?’ ‘S’. ‘S who?’ ‘S int home’. ‘S Where?’ ‘S in tome’. The subject is in the volume. Joyce is, and through his volume he exposes the fullness of meaning. What is meaning? What is mean? What does borrow mean? Where does this lead us? What are the perils of deciphering and where should one stop? Lacan’s three dit mensions serve as a structure to approach this most elusive subject: that which cannot be represented in language. The Borromean knot allows us to look at the structure of the subject without using language, each register only existing due to the limit imposed by the other two. Truth can only be approached through matheme, where the imaginary has no domain. Where can I find the best actual example of the interplay between meaning, sense, language and the imaginary? – Ulysses.

The Lost Subject

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