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Seminar of Jacques Lacan [Book XX - On Feminine Sexuality]

Seminar of Jacques Lacan [Book XX - On Feminine Sexuality]

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By
Jacques LAcan
TELEVISION
THE
SEMINAROFJACQUES
lACAN
BOOK
I
THE
SEMINAROFJACQUES
lACAN
BOOK
II
THE
SEMINAROFJACQUES
lACAN
BOOK
In
THE
SEMINAR OF JACQUES
lACAN
BOOK
VD
ECRITS:
A
SELECTIONFEMININE SEXUALrIl"
THE
FOUR FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTSOF
PSYCHO-ANALYSIS
THE
SEMINAR OF
JACQUES
LACAN
Edited
by
Jacques-Alain Miller
On
Feminine Sexuality
The
Limits
of
Love and Knowledge
BOOK
XX
Encore
1972-1973
TRANSLATED
WITH NOTES
BY
BruceFink
w .
W .
NORTON
&
COMPANY
NEW YORK
LONDON
 
Copyright
© 1975
by
Editions
du
SeuilEnglish
translation copyright
©
1998 by
W.
W.
Norton
&
Company, Inc
.
First published
as a
Norton
paperback 1999
Originally
published inFrench
as
I.E
SEMINAIRE,
UVRE
XX,
ENCORE,
1972-1973 by
Editions
du
Seuil, Paris, 1975
Norton
gratefully acknowledges financial assistance
provided by theFrenchMinistry
of
Culture
for
the
translation
of
this
book
.All rights reserved
Printed in the United
States
of
America
For
information about permission to reproduce
selections
from
this book, write
to
Permissions,
W. W.
Norton
&
Company, Inc., 500
Fifth Avenue,
New
York,
NY
10110Library
of
Congress Cataloging in
Publication
Data
Lacan,
Jacques,
1901-
[Encore1972-1972
.English
On
feminine
sexuality: the
limits
of
love
and
knowledge
1
JacquesLacan
;
translatedwith
notes
byBruceFink.
p.
em.
-
(The
Seminar
of
Jacques
Lacan
; bk.
20)Includes
bibliographical references
and
index.
ISBN 0-393-04573-0
1.
Sex
(Psychology) 2.Psychoanalysis. 3.
Lacan,
Jacques,
1901-
Jacques
Lacan.
English; bk
.
20
.
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175.5
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ISBN
0-393-31916-4
pbk.
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&
Company, Inc.500 Fifth
Avenue,
New
York,
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CONTENTS
pagePreface
by
Bruce Fink
vii
I
On
jouissance
II
To Jakobson
14
III
The
function
of
the
written
26
IV
Love
and
the signifier
38
V
Aristotle
andFreud:
the
other
satisfaction
51
VI
God
and
Wammr's jouissance
64
VII
A love letter
78
VIII
Knowledge
andtruth
90
IX
On
the
Baroque
104
X
Rings
of
string
118
XI
The
rat
in
the maze
137
Index
147
v
 
PREFACE
This
translation
is
long overdue. Published in
French
in 1975, this
ground
breaking
Seminar
-including some
of
Lacan's
most
sophisticatedwork
on
love, desire,
and
jouissance -could well have appeared in English
around
the same time as the early
Bcrits: A Selection
(1977)
and
The FourFundamental Concepts
of
Psychoanalysis
(Seminar
XI,
1978).
In
its absence,
Lacan,
instead
of
presenting himself
to
the English-speaking world, has beenbelieved by many to be faithfully presented to us by certain
of
his onetime students -such as Julia Kristeva
and
Luce
Irigaray,
though
their viewsdiverge substantially from his
on
many points -
and
by a spate
of
American,Australian,
and
British critics who have, in my view, grossly misrepresentedhim.
This
translation, long-awaited by the public
and
by
me
-I always wantedcopies to distribute
to
students
and
colleagues,
though
I never expected
to
be given the opportunity to translate it myself until the day Jacques-AlainMiller
and
Norton
proposed it to
me
-
is
thus offered
up
in the
hope
of
rekindling debate
on
the basis
of
something closer
to
what Lacan actuallysaid,
and
quieting the kinds
of
banal reductions
of
Lacan's views to
pat
phrases derived from commentaries
on
commentaries
on
commentaries
that
currently pass for serious academic discourse.I have
not
deliberately tried to vindicate my own previously publishedinterpretation
of
Lacan's view
of
sexual difference in this translation,attempting instead to remain
open to
being surprised by his formulations(and, indeed, I was surprised!). Nevertheless, Lacan's
French
is
-as anyonewho has
made
a serious
attempt
to grapple with it
is
aware -so polyvalent
and
ambiguous
that
some frame
must be
imposed
to
make any sense
of
itwhatsoever. As
is
true
in the case
of
an
analyst listening to
the
discourseproffered by an analysand, there
is
no
escaping a theoretical frame
of
sorts -for without some frame one hears nothing
or
simply falls back
on
the ready-
vii

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