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EATING THE BOOK: DIETARY RITES AND PATERNAL FUNCTION

by Gérard Haddad



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(From Luigi Ballerini’s Introduction)
It is necessary, however, to point out that one of the main axes, if not the principal axis, around which Eating the Book revolves, is a reframing of the perspective within which to assess the Freudian notion of the primitive father, cannibalistically devoured by his children. As it is well known, this notion constitutes a corner stone of the entire Freudian edifice and its destiny has often been associated with that of totemic theories that have, progressively, fallen short of the mark. Wittingly reminding his readers that Freud is in the right even when he makes “mistakes,” the author shows how a thoroughly dynamic and radically new appraisal of the entire conundrum can be performed by following a surprising and hitherto un-trodden path.

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Gérard Haddad was born in Tunis in 1940, and lives in Paris. He holds a doctorate in agronomy and has conducted research on rice cultivation in Senegal. At 29 years of age he met Jacques Lacan. Of his lengthy analysis with him he writes Le jour où Lacan m’a adopté. He then took up, and pursued for eleven years, the study of medicine and psychiatry. Analytical work led him to discover the essential role the phenomenon of religion plays in the life of the psyche: it is indeed the subject of many of his books, among which: L’Enfant illégitime: Sources talmudiques de la psychanalyse (1981), Freud en Italie: Psychanalyse du voyage (with Antonietta Haddad, 1994), Maïmonide (1998), Les Folies millénaristes (2002), Le péché originel de la psychanalyse (2007), Les femmes et l’alcool (2009), Tripalium. Pourquoi le travail est devenu une souffrance (2013). He has also translated from Hebrew into French a good number of Jewish writers and, most notably, the works of Yeshayahou Leibowitz. From 1985 to 1988 he lived in Israel where he practiced psychiatry. He is married and the father of three children.

Product Details
Translater: David Jacobson
Pub Date: 2013
Paperback: 195 pp
ISBN: 978-0-981-63305-3







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