Comments on Mr Hesnard’s presentation – Reflections on Sigmund Freud’s “Wo Es war; soll Ich werden” : 6th November 1956 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 6, 1956

Published in La Psychanalyse, 1957, no. 3, pp. 322‐324.

Translated by Anthony Chadwick

published at, see here 

Reference in Freud

Wo Es war; soll Ich warden, is the penultimate sentence in Vorlesung XXXI, Die Zerlegung der psychischen Persönlichkeit; G.W. XV, page 86; 

Lecture XXXI (31) – The Dissection of the Psychical Personality (1932), SE XXII p80, from New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis : 1932 (Published 1933) : Sigmund Freud, SEXXII

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Other citations of ‘Wo Es war; soll Ich werden’

Lecture XXXI: Dissection of the personality: 1932 : Sigmund Freud

 A preliminary engagement with ‘Psychoanalytic Violence: An Essay in Indifference in Ethical Matters’ by Dany Nobusby Julia Evans on 30th July 2017 or here (Reference to ‘Wo es war, soll Ich werden’)

 What makes the initial interventions by an analyst work? by Julia Evans on 1st April 2017 or here (Reference to ‘Wo es war, soll Ich werden’)

In notes to Habeus Corpus : 28th April 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) : Jacques-Alain Miller or here /Reference to ‘Wo Es war, soll Ich werden’

 Notes on Seminar VII: 18th November 1959 from page 7 to 15 by Julia Evans on 6th October 2012 or here  /Reference to ‘Wo Es war, soll Ich werden’

Notes from p1 – 7 of Seminar VII from the 21-09-12 Reading Group Meeting by Julia Evans on 15th September 2012  or here   /Reference to ‘Wo Es war, soll Ich werden’

 On the False usefulness of Anxiety and the Benefits of Working through it : October 2004 : François Leguil or here (Reference to ‘Wo es war, soll Ich werden’)

 The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Today : 1999 : Éric Laurent or here  (Reference to ‘Wo es war, soll Ich werden’)

 Lacan’s Seminar on “The Purloined Letter” : Overview : 1988 : John P. Muller and William J. Richardson or here  : Reference to ‘Wo Es war, soll Ich werden’

Seminar XI : 29th January 1964 : p33 of Alan Sheridan’s translation & Seminar XI : 5th February 1964 : p44 of Alan Sheridan’s translation : Seminar XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts: 1963-1964 : beginning 15th January 1964 : Jacques Lacan or here,   both refer to ‘Wo Es war, soll Ich werden’ in the last paragraph.

Two references to ‘Wo es war, Ich soll werden’ in Lacan’s Seminar on “The Purloined Letter” : Notes to the Text : 1988 : John P. Muller and William J. Richardson or here 

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

 Reference to ‘Wo Es war, soll Ich werden’ : The Freudian Thing or the Meaning of the Return to Freud in Psychoanalysis : (Vienna) 7th November 1955 : Jacques Lacan or here 

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