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Culture/Clinic 1

Applied Lacanian Psychoanalysis

2013

Jacques-Alain Miller and Maire Jaanus, Editors

Culture/Clinic 1

The first volume in a provocative new annual series

Culture/Clinic 1 is the first of a new annual series that will spotlight some of the most interesting contemporary applications of the work of the renowned psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Both international and interdisciplinary, these essays in this volume provide a unique space for global dialogue between the findings of cultural studies and clinical practice.

Culture/Clinic 1 is the first in a new annual series that will spotlight interesting contemporary applications of the work of the renowned psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan. Each C/C book will revolve around a theme. This premier publication circles a controversial topic: there is no such thing as mental health; there are only symptoms that fit more or less well with prevailing discourses.

This volume considers the difference and proximity between culture and clinic. The first section delves into the main theme, “We’re All Mad Here,” with three interventions by Lacan, published for the first time in English. Jacques-Alain Miller elucidates Lacan’s idea that “everyone is mad,” demonstrating that it is key to understanding the later Lacan and to clinical practice. Maire Jaanus explores the distinction between happiness and desire. Pierre-Gilles Guéguen brings the perspective of the clinical diagnosis to bear. Russell Grigg reassesses the Wolf Man, Sophie Marret-Maleval pays tribute to Lewis Carroll, and Jonathan D. Redmond constructs a psychoanalytic reading of the film Memento.

“The Analytic Experience” is the second section, in which three analysands reveal their own personal experiences with psychoanalysis. Following this is “Cultural Fictions,” which engages with contemporary culture; included here are chapters on American television by Gérard Wajcman and Laurent Goumarre. Last is “Speaker’s Corner,” which highlights original Lacanian-oriented research in psychoanalysis. This section begins with a new look at the Policlinic, which opened in Berlin in 1920 to make psychoanalysis more widely available to those who could not afford it and led to greater standardization of psychoanalytic training. “Speaker’s Corner” ends with an interview with Ethan Watters, who discusses the culturally determined nature of mental illness and treatments. Both international and interdisciplinary, these essays provide a unique space for global dialogue between the findings of cultural studies and clinical practice.

Contributors: Heather Chamberlain; Laurent Goumarre; Russell Grigg, Deakin U; Pierre-Gilles Guéguen, Paris 8 U; David Hafner; France Jaigu; Jacques Lacan; Sophie Marret-Maleval, Paris 8 U; Jonathan D. Redmond, Australian College of Applied Psychology; Laura Sokolowsky; Gérard Wajcman, Paris 8 U.

Culture/Clinic 1

Jacques-Alain Miller is director of the department of psychoanalysis at Paris 8 University.

Maire Jaanus is professor of English and comparative literature at Barnard College and the Columbia School of Graduate Studies.

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Contents

Editors’ Introduction
Marie-Hélène Brousse and Maire Jaanus

“We’re All Mad Here”
There Are Four Discourses
Jacques Lacan
Yale University: Lecture on the Body
Jacques Lacan
Columbia University: Lecture on the Symptom
Jacques Lacan
Everyone Is Mad
Jacques-Alain Miller
Happiness and Madness
Maire Jaanus
Who Is Mad and Who Is Not? On Differential Diagnosis in Psychoanalysis
Pierre-Gilles Guéguen
Treating the Wolf Man as a Case of Ordinary Psychosis
Russell Grigg
“And, as in uffish thought he stood”
Sophie Marret-Maleval
Memento: Elementary Phenomena and the Delusion of Interpretation
Jonathan D. Redmond

The Analytic Experience
Entering Analysis
Heather Chamberlain
The Art of Skipping Sessions and the Gift of Anxiety
David Hafner
Two Layers of Time: Experiencing the First Session
France Jaigu

Cultural Fictions
Three Notes to Introduce the Form of the Series
Gérard Wajcman
Quit Laughing. A Sofa Gets Tossed Out!
Laurent Goumarre

Speaker’s Corner
The First Center for Psychoanalytic Consultation
Laura Sokolowsky
An Interview with Ethan Watters, Author of Crazy Like Us

Article Submission and Editorial Inquiries