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Reading Seminar Series 2021

On Feminine Sexuality

Azeen A. Khan

This year-long reading seminar will be organized around Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XX: On Feminine Sexuality, The Limits of Love and Knowledge, 1972-1973. To support our reading of the seminar, we will also make reference to Sigmund Freud’s essays on sexual difference—including his papers on “The Infantile Genital Organization,” “The Dissolution of the Oedipus Complex,” and “Some Psychical Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction between the Sexes”—as well as other writings of Lacan, including “L’Étourdit,” and certain commentaries by Lacanian psychoanalysts on the modes of feminine jouissance. During the course of the reading year, we will focus on Lacan’s theorization of feminine jouissance; the body; the letter; and, the sexual 

non-rapport.

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Reading Seminar Series 2021

The Super-Ego and Freud

Azeen A. Khan

This year-long reading seminar will be organized around psychoanalytic writings on the super-ego, from its conceptualization in Sigmund Freud’s work to the way it is taken up in the teachings of Jacques Lacan and the commentaries of post-Freudian analysts. In particular, we will focus on Freud’s essays—“Mourning and Melancholia,” “A Child is Being Beaten,” “The Ego and the Id,” “The Economic Problem of Masochism,”and “Civilization and its Discontents”—alongside Lacan’s comments on the superego in Seminar I, VII, “Kant with Sade,” and “Television.” In the course of our readings, we will isolate four aspects of the theorization of the super-ego: the link to prohibition and jouissance; the object-voice; the status of the super-ego in differential diagnosis, 

specifically in the clinics of obsessionality, paranoia, and melancholia; and, the concept of ravage in its relation to feminine jouissance.

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