2020 has been a moment of truth for analysts, too. If, for Freud, transference manifestations alone allow the patient to make “buried and forgotten love-emotions actual and manifest” and “no one can be slain in absentia or in effigie,” analytic knowledge, faced with quarantine and social distancing, has been challenged in relation to the bodily event that weaves together life, death, and the sexual, i.e. the drives and their vicissitudes. The pandemic has called into question the body made up of the imaginary, the symbolic, and the real.
Suggested Readings Freud: “The Dynamics of the Transference” (1912); “A Child Is Being Beaten” (1919); Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920). Lacan: “La Troisième” (1974); Seminars XVI, 1968-69, D’un Autre à l’autre; XI, 1964, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis; “Conférences et entretiens dans les universités nord-américaines” (Scilicet 6/7, 1976).
Erik Porge practices psychoanalysis in Paris and is a founding member of the association L'instance lacanienne and the editor-in-chief of the journal Essaim. He is a faculty member of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. In English he has published Truth and Knowledge in the Clinic (2017), and the latest of his many books in French is Amour, désir, jouissance. Le moment de la sublimation (2020).
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