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Singular Femininity: The All and the Not-All
Gisèle Chaboudez

Saturday, November 12, 2022
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

In the 1970s, Lacan posited that a phallic logic — an age-old discursive logic supported by the law, which Freud deciphered and largely shared — could not account for femininity in its entirety. Fifty years on, Lacan's innovative logic of the feminine as “not-whole” remains little known or used, despite the obvious fact that social changes in the redistribution of functions between the sexes show them to be strongly at work in today's society. This workshop will explore the relevance of Lacan’s logic.

Suggested Readings Freud: “Analysis Terminable and Interminable” (1937), for the “biological bedrock of human life.” Lacan: Le Seminaire. Livre XXIII. Le Sinthome, 1975-76 (class 1, p. 13, éd. Seuil, 2005), for language as invented by women; “ Conférence à Genève sur le symptôme, ” 4 oct. 1975, reprinted in La cause du désir, vol. 95, no. 1, 2017, pp. 7-24 (English translations on internet as “Geneva Lecture on the Symptom") . Chaboudez, Gisèle: Que peut-on savoir sur le sexe?: un rapport sans univers (2017).

Gisèle Chaboudez is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in Paris. Formed by Jacques Lacan, she has been a director of medico-psychological centers and taught at Université Paris XIII. She is editor-in-chief of the magazine Figures de la psychanalyse and vice-president of Espace Analytique, where she teaches. Her books include Rapport sexuel et rapport des sexes (2004), Ce qui noue le corps au langage (2019), and L'équation des rêves (2019) and in fall 2022 Routledge will publish her in translation with What Can We Know about Sex? A Lacanian Study about Sex and Gender.

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Fee: $40; for students with ID: $10. Registration details to follow.

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