Spring Awakening : 1st September 1974 : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on September 1, 1974

Quote from the Introduction of Jacques-Alain Miller in Analysis Number Six 1995

The circumstances: Brigitte Jacques, whose ‘Elvire/Jouvet 40’ is a success on the stage these days, produced at the time Wedekind’s ‘Spring Awakening’. I (Jacques-Alain Miller) translated for her a passage from the ‘Minute of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, the meeting of 13 February 1907, dedicated to the play, and I asked Jacques Lacan for a text. He wrote the text that follows, which was initially published as a preface to the programme, and then subsequently with the play itself (Gallimard, 1974)

– An English translation of Jacques Lacan’s text ‘Spring Awakening’ is available at www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /lacan.

– An English translation of Franz Wedekind’s ‘Spring Awakening’ is available here.

Published bilingual at www.Freud2Lacan.com,  translated by Silvia Rodríguez, available here

Related texts

Spring Awakening: 1891: Franz Wedekind (here),

Freud & Reitler comment on ‘Spring Awakening’: work-in-progress (here) by Julia Evans, 19th September 2011 

Comments on Wedekind’s ‘Spring Awakening’: 1907: Sigmund Freud (here),

Spring Awakening: September 1st 1974: Jacques Lacan (here))


‘Spring Awakening’ by Jacques Lacan, translated by Silvia Rodríguez and published in Analysis Number Six, 1995 page 32 (See www.LacanianWorksExchange.net /lacan).

Originally published in French:

Préface à ‘L’éveil du printemps’:  in Ornicar? no 39: 1986: p5-7 It may be available here


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Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Sandwich, Kent & London


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Lacanian Transmission here

Some Lacanian history here

Of the clinic here

Topology here

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

Jacques Lacan in English or here

Translation Working Group here

Use of power here

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