Notes on the Wolfman : 4 sessions from 1951-1952 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 1, 1951

Note: Between 1950 and 1953, Lacan conducted seminars on Freud’s case-studies of Dora (Freud :1901). The Wolf Man (Freud :1914) and the Rat Man (Freud :1909) at his house in Paris,

Seminar on Freud’s Wolf Man,

Seminario 1951- 1952  su “L’uomo dei lupi” (in Italian only)

The text of which remains unpublished except for a small excerpt from the Wolf Man seminar originally published in Italian, at

Lacan 1951- 1952 : Seminario su “L’uomo dei lupi” : translated by Alberto Turolla : La psicoanalisi : Vol 6 : 1989 : p9 – 12 :

Available at  /lacan

Notes on the Wolfman : 4 sessions from 1951-1952

Another text is known through Nicole Sels “Bibliography of works by Jacques Lacan”, mimeographed, no date EPF. … The seminar appears to have been held in the apartment of the author and was not typed. … The text is probably not by Lacan himself. It appears to have been put together from student notes. Moreover it consists of three sections and an introduction. This strongly suggests a series of four talks distilled in this seminar. This is a hypothesis to be confirmed.  Note by G. Taillandier, 26th November 1986.

Translated in English

By Cormac Gallagher It has not been possible to find this translation on

By Après‐Coup Psychoanalytic Association Group

Both translations & the two French translations, are available from  /Lacan (78. Lacan’s Wolfman Seminar 1951-1952—bilingual)

History of Jacques Lacan’s seminars

Lacan’s seminar (1950-1951) on Dora did provide the backdrop for his 1951 paper ‘Intervention on Transference’ (See Intervention on the Transference (Paris): October 16th 1951: Jacques Lacan or here),

and his seminar on the Rat Man (1952-1953) informed his 1953 text ‘The Neurotic’s Individual Myth’.(See The Neurotic’s Individual Myth : 1953 : Jacques Lacan or here)

Further texts

– From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (The ‘Wolf Man’): 1914 [published 1918b] : Sigmund Freud  –  SE XVII : p3 or Penguin Freud Library (PFL) : Vol 9: p225   Published bilingual at  /Home Page (FROM THE HISTORY OF AN INFANTILE NEUROSIS [The Wolfman])

– Commentary   Muriel Gardiner (Editor) : 1973 : The Wolf Man and Sigmund Freud [Texts by the Wolf-Man, Anna Freud, Sigmund Freud & Ruth Mack Brunswick : Information here


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