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Reading Seminar Series 2020

Clinic of Foreclosures

Azeen A. Khan

This year long reading seminar will be organized around two texts by Jacques Lacan: Seminar III on "The Psychoses" (1955-56) and Seminar XXIII on "The Sinthome" (1975-76). To support our reading of the seminars, we will make reference to Sigmund Freud's clinical cases, including the case of "Schreber" ("Psycho-analytic Notes on an Autobiographical Account of a Case of Paranoia", 1911) and the case of the "Wolf Man" ("From the History of a Case of Infantile Neurosis," 1918). Additional reading from Lacan's Écrits will also be important reference points for our work this year.

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Reading Seminar Series 2020

Metapsychology and its Limits

Azeen A. Khan

This year long reading seminar will be organized around two volumes of the standard edition of The Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud: Volume XIV: On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement, Papers on Meta-psychology and Other Works (1914–1916) and Vol. XIX: The Ego and the Id and Other Works (1923–1925). During the course of the year, we will read some of Freud's key essays on metapsychology--including his papers "On Narcissism: An Introduction," "The Unconscious," "Instincts and their Vicissitudes," and "Ego and Id"--to come to terms with what Freud perceived to be the merits of positing a metapsychology as well as its inherent limits, specifically the limitation posed on psychoanalytic thought by the difficulties of clinical praxis.

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