How James Joyce Made his Name: A Reading of the Final Lacan by Roberto Harari

By Roberto Harari

During this lucid and compelling research of Lacan's twenty-third seminar, “Le Sinthome,” Roberto Harari issues to new psychoanalytic pathways that lead past Freudian oedipal dynamics.

Lacan's seminar measures the bounds among creativity and neurosis. We find out how poetry and wordplay may well provide choices to neurotic discomfort or even psychotic delusions, with Joyce as our subject.

This new translation makes the intricacies of Lacan's seminar to be had to the English-speaking international for the 1st time. The author's obtainable, energetic prose explains the nuances of Lacanian idea with ideal clarity.

In the extreme stumble upon among Lacan and Joyce, Harari unearths unforeseen affinities among them either as theorists and writers. It illustrates how literature is the cultured area that's closest to the analytic event.

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He didn't force me . . " In the face of this domi- JOYCE AND LACAN 33 nance, "but not that" indicates, precisely, a reaction, the beginning of an escape from the subjection to the neurotic symptom—regarding which the sinihome, in its singularity, would entail a break from these subjective positions. The problem is thus a crucial one; to the extent that Lacan can state: "This 'but not that' is what I am introducing in this year's title as the sinihome" In other words, what he is seeking as singularity and therefore maintaining as a nonexchangeable, non-negotiable value.

In the latter theory, the subject of knowledge had to be bracketed off for there to be an effective connection to the reminiscence. In the Platonic dialogue Meno, Socrates claims to prove that the ignorant slave can eventually manage to discover that he knew about geometry, ostensibly revealing through his guiding questions the presence of an eternal knowledge, inscribed as an Idea beyond the contingency of any particular speaker Thus, here we are faced with a theory of knowledge based on a spiritual or innate essence, which completely bypasses the recipient, as it does not account for any subjectivity whatsoever.

Let us begin on the side of sin, and not that of the idyllic, "paradisical" situation where everything is enclosed by perfection. Through Joyce, Lacan marks a certain inflection in the story of the Bible: the point that highlights how a site of castration or lack is linked JOYCE AND LACAN 29 to a certain knowledge. This is why Evie bites the apple and falls into the serpent's trap. This combination will make Lacan remark that the alliance between speech and a mark, namely the end of a prick, is precisely the Phallus.

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