The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis (Rome) : 26th September 1953 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on September 26, 1953

There are two published items from the Rome Congress held at the Istituto di Psicologia della Università di Roma
on 26th and 27th September1953.

  1. The Rome report (which is this one) &
  2. Rome Discourses – to introduce his report (Rome) : 26th September 1953 : Jacques Lacan  : See here  Or  Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here

Quoted by Jacques Lacan

Seminar IV : 19thDecember 1956 : see See Seminar IV : The Object Relation & Freudian Structures 1956-1957 : begins 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan or here

Index of Post

  1. Availability in translation to English
  2. Availability in French
  3. Commentaries
  4. References to Sigmund Freud’s texts
  5. References

    The Rome Report – Availability in translation to English

Report to the Rome Congress held at the Istituto di Psicologia della Università di Roma 
26th and 27th September 1953.

The Function of Language in Psychoanalysis (1953) :

translated by Anthony Wilden :

Published in

‘The Language of the Self – The function of language in Psychoanalysis by Jacques Lacan’ : 1968 : Anthony Wilden : Information here

Available at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /lacan

This translation omits Jacques Lacan’s preface.

Anthony Wilden’s Translator’s notes (Recommended) : Available at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /lacan or authors a-z

Anthony Wilden’s Prefatory Note replaces Jacques Lacan’s Preface : Available [pxxiii to pxxviii] at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /lacan or authors a-z & See Prefatory Note, the historical background of ‘The Function of Language in Psychoanalysis’ (1953) by Jacques Lacan : 1968 : Anthony Wilden or here

Anthony Wilden’s Bibliography : See www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /lacan or authors a-z

The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis (1953) :

translated by Alan Sheridan :

Published in Écrits, A Selection : London, Tavistock, 1977 : p114-145 :

Available at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /lacan

‘The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis (1953)’

Translated by Bruce Fink

Published in Écrits, Jacques Lacan, The first complete edition in English : W.W. Norton & Co : 2002 : p197-268

Availability Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

  1. Availability in French

– Published by www.aejcpp.free.fr : here

– Or probably by École Lacanienne de Psychanalyse – pas tout Lacan : www.ecole-lacanienne.net/ Lacan/ Pas-Tout Lacan :  Now p447 to 502 of here

– Cette première version de ‘Fonction et champ de la parole et du langage en psychanalyse” parut dans ‘La psychanalyse’ No 1, 1956, Sur la parole et le langage, pages 81-166:

– In French included in the Écrits, published 1966 (Fonction et champ de la parole et du langage en psychanlyse : p237-322), Further details are given Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

Commentaries:

‘The Language of the Self – The function of language in Psychoanalysis by Jacques Lacan’ : 1968 : Anthony Wilden : Further information here

Translator’s note & Bibliography Note from ‘Écrits: a selection’: 1977: Alan Sheridan : Information here

A Reader’s Guide to Écrits: 1982: John P. Muller and William J. Richardson : Information here :  Commentary on Chapter 3: The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis …. p67 : Available at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /authors a-z or lacan

Section headings with references

Note: W = Wilden  S=Sheridan

Preface p31S

Introduction p3W : Introduction p34S

P5W : Ferenczi, “Confusion of Tongues between the Adult and the Child,” International Journal of Psycho-Analysis [Henceforth abbreviated IJP], XXX (1949), iv, 225-30.

I : The Empty Word and the Full Word   p9W :

I Empty speech and full speech in the psychoanalytic realization of the subject p40S

p17-18W : : quote given in An Encounter with a Statue : 26th October 2019 : Yaron Gilat  : See here  but quoted in Jacques-Alain Miller : The Lying Truth : 11th February 2009 (Paris VII University), which was given as part of Choses de finesses en psychanalyse, Cours 2008-2009, L’orientation lacanienne, Frederic Baitinger & Robert Raber’s translation, published in The Lacanian Review 07, Spring 2019 : Contact Julia Evans for availability

p18W : g : GW, XII, 71; Cinq psychanalyses, Presses Universitaires de France, p. 356, weak translation of the term. : Five Lectures on Psycho-Analysis : 1909: Sigmund Freud : available here

P18W : h : GW, XII, 72, n.1, last few lines The concept of Nacträglichkeit is to be found once more stressed in the note. Cinq psychanalyses, p356, n.1. [Standard Edition, XVII, 45, n.1.]

II : Symbol and Language   p29W :

II Symbol and language as structure and limit of the psychoanalytic field : p56S

p31W : See The Interpretation of Dreams: 1st November 1899 (published as 1900): Sigmund Freud or here : Standard Edition, IV, p151 & p157-158

p34W : p See: C. I. Oberndorf, “Unsatisfactory Results of Psychoanalytic Therapy,” Psycho-analytic Quarterly, XIX, p393-407

P48W : w : See: Claude Lévi-Strauss “Language and the Analysis of Social Laws,” American Anthropologist, Vol.53, No. 2 (April-June, l95l), pp. 155-63. [A French adaptation of the original article is published in Anthropologie Structurale (Paris:Plon, 1958), of which there is an English translation]

p48W : Kant : Critique of Pure Reason : Introduction to the transcendental aesthetic, Section IV:

P49W : On the Galilean hypothesis and Huyghens’ chronometer, see: Alexandre Koyré, “An experiment in Measurement,” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 97 (April, 1953).

III : Interpretation and Temporality   p53W : III The resonances of interpretation and the time of the subject in psychoanalytic technique

: p77S

p58W : bb  The Theory of Symbolism : 1916 : Ernest Jones : Availability & information here & Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here

See the article : “A la mémoire d’Ernest Jones : Sur sa théorie du symbolisme,” La Psychanalyse V (1960), pp. l-20; Ecrits, pp.697-717]. Availability given Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here. See also The Theory of Symbolism : 1916 : Ernest Jones : Availability here

P58W : cc : The reference is to the teaching of Abhinavagupta (tenth century). See : Dr. Kanti Chandra Pandey, “Indian Esthetics,” Chowkamtba Sansktrit Series, Studies, Vol. II, Benares, 1950

P59W : dd : Ego psychology and interpretation in psychoanalytic therapies (Dream ‘fresh brains’) : December 1948 (New York) [1951] : Ernst Kris or here  pp. 15-29, in particular the passage quoted on pp.27-28. [For further commentary on this article, see Introduction and reply to Jean Hyppolite’s presentation of Freud’s ‘Verneinung’ & the commentary : 10th February 1954 : Jacques Lacan & Jean Hyppolite Information here  pp. 52-58 of the French text]

P64W : The therapeutic effect of inexact interpretation : a contribution to the theory of suggestion : October 1931 : Edward Glover or here

P65W ; Robert Fliess : “Silence and Verbalization. A Supplement to the Theory of the ‘Analytic Rule,”‘ IJP, XXX, l.

References to Sigmund Freud

To be completed & see above

References:

Ego psychology and interpretation in psychoanalytic therapies (Dream ‘fresh brains’) : December 1948 (New York) [1951] : Ernst Kris : Available here

p62-64 of Alan Sheridan’s translation : see Language, Behaviour and Dynamic Psychiatry : 1944 : Jules Masserman,  or here

Intellectual Inhibition & Disturbances in Eating (Dream ‘fresh brains’) : September 1933 [Published1938] : Melitta Schmideberg : Available here

The therapeutic effect of inexact interpretation : a contribution to the theory of suggestion : October 1931 : Edward Glover or here

The Theory of Symbolism : 1916 : Ernest Jones : Available here

Endnote:

[i] The Function of Language in Psychoanalysis (1953) : translated by Anthony Wilden : published in ‘The Language of the Self – The function of language in Psychoanalysis by Jacques Lacan’ : 1968 : Baltimore MD & London, The John Hopkins University Press : p1-156 : See The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis (Rome) : 26th September 1953 : Jacques Lacan  or here

This is a translation of Jacques Lacan’s ‘Rome Discourse’ without the preface.

The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis : translated by Alan Sheridan : in Écrits, A Selection : London, Tavistock, 1977 : p114-145 includes the Preface. : See here

The ‘Rome Discourses’ as included in the Écrits (1966) is different to the one in Autres Écrits (2001) is a mystery.

Update: Further to this mystery, École Lacanienne de Psychanalyse – pas tout Lacan, here, includes them as two separate items :

1953-09-26 : Discours de Rome (24 p.)

1953-09-26 : Fonction et champ de la parole (62 p.)

Please see Rome Discourses – to introduce his report (Rome) : 26th September 1953 : Jacques Lacan  or here

A history of the Congresses

From Le Congrès des Psychanalystes des pays romans: quelques éléments d’histoire : 1991 : Alain de Mijolla See  here

– Rudolph Loewenstein was both Sacha Nacht’s and Jacques Lacan’s analyst.  Nacht opposes Loewenstein in the 1938 session

– This eleventh conference, held in Brussels between May 14 and 17, 1948, was organized around Sacha Nacht’s paper “Les manifestations cliniques de l’agressivité et leur rôle dans le traitement psychanalytique” (Clinical manifestations of aggression and their role in psycho-analytic treatment; 1948) and Jacques Lacan’s paper “L’agressivité en psychanalyse” (Aggression in psychoanalysis; 1948). [Information Aggressivity in Psychoanalysis : mid-May 1948 (Brussels) : Jacques Lacan or here]

– This conference (1948) was distinguished most of all by the presence of Melanie Klein, who, however, failed to make converts among French psychoanalysts.

– on October 16, 1951, the conference changed its name to the Conference of Romance-Language Psychoanalysts, an extension attributed to Jacques Lacan.

– In 1953 a sixteenth special conference was held in Rome. The division of the Société psychanalytique de Paris (Paris Psychoanalytic Society) (SPP) in June divided the conference into two parts. In one, the members of the society listened to Emilio Servadio, Francis Pasche, René Spitz (who came from New York), Serge Lebovici, and René Diatkine. They then departed, and members of the new Société française de psychanalyse (French Society of Psychoanalysis) entered to listen to Jacques Lacan’s paper “Fonction et champ de la parole et du langage en psychanalyse” (The function and field of language in psychoanalysis). [Information The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis (Rome) : 26th September 1953 : Jacques Lacan  or here]

– Jealously simmering in the Paris Psychoanalytic Society tore the two rival societies apart for more than a decade, and the following conferences of French-speaking psychoanalysts fit into the general strategy of the two societies’ struggle for influence.

Yet the conferences were also the scene of original theoretical elaborations marking the evolution and deepening of the psychoanalytic thinking of members of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society. This can be seen from a sample of papers presented at the conferences: Sacha Nacht and Serge Lebovici, “Indications et contre-indications de la psychanalyse chez l’adulte” (Indications and contraindications for psychoanalysis for adults; 1954); René Diatkine and Jean Favreau, “Le caractère névrotique” (The neurotic character; 1956);

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