The importance of symbol-formation in the development of the ego : July 1929 (Oxford) : Melanie Klein

by Julia Evans on July 1, 1929

Read in Oxford at the International Psychoanalytical Congress in July 1929


The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 1930, Vol 11, p24-39

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As quoted by Jacques Lacan:

– Seminar I : Availability given Seminar I: Freud’s papers on technique: 1953-1954 : begins on 13th January 1954 : Jacques Lacan or here

17th February 1954 : Chapter VI : Discourse analysis and ego analysis: p68 of John Forrester’s translation

– Paragraph 4 to Paragraph 45 of Seminar IV : 16th January 1957 : See Seminar IV : The Object Relation & Freudian Structures 1956-1957 : begins 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan or here

– Seminar VI: Availability given Seminar VI: Desire and its interpretation: 1958-1959 : from 12th November 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

11th February 1959 : Chapter 12 : p151 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation

17th June 1959: Chapter 25 : p313 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation

– Seminar VII : availability given Seminar VII: The ethics of psychoanalysis: 1959-1960: Jacques Lacan or here

There are many references to Kleinian theory in Seminar VII. The reader is advised to look at them for themselves. The following is one example:

23rd December 1959: p73 of Dennis Porter’s translation 

References to texts by Sigmund Freud

P25: Freud writes: ‘It may well be that, before ego and id have become sharply differentiated and before a super–ego has been developed, the mental apparatus employs different modes of defence from those which it practises after these levels of organization have been reached.  * Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety’, International P.A. Library, No. 28.

P38 (no reference is given for this conclusion): My conclusions are in agreement with Freud’s hypotheses, according to which the fixation–points of dementia praecox and paranoia are to be sought in the narcissistic stage, that of dementia praecox preceding that of paranoia.

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