The Lacanian Phenomenon : 30th November 1974 (Nice) : Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on November 30, 1974

Given at Centre universitaire méditerranéen, Nice

Le phénomène Lacanien : 30th November 1974 : Jacques Lacan : Published in Cahiers Cliniques de Nice, juin 1998, p9-25

Bi-lingual – French & English translation

1) Translation by Jack W. Stone. Edited by Anthony Chadwick and Richard G. Klein

See, available here

2)  Translated by Dan Collins, Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller, Published, bilingual, in The Lacanian Review, 09, May 2020, p16-45. Note : the date is given as 20th November 1974.


An answer from Claudia Gaspar in May 2009 on the forum of the ELP spoke of a text of Lacan which I did not know the existence of, which exists in Spanish.  So I ordered the book. Released in June 1998 it had escaped the review of ‘Pas-tout [Lacan]’ in early 1999. Because it states “All rights reserved, for any reproduction, contact Jacques-Alain Miller” and the fact that the text in Spanish was published in ‘Revista Uno por Uno’ by a member of the AMP, it was excluded from being added to the ‘Pas-tout [Lacan]’ compilation. The recording which exists is missing, thus preventing a check of the transcription. The image of the original is at the end of the text.

The lecture was given at the Mediterranean University Center (MCU) in Nice on the 30th of November in 1974 and presented on the 30th of November in 1997 by Élisabeth Geblesco:

“Dr. Lacan had been invited by Jean Poirier then director of the Center Universitaire Méditerranéen, more commonly known as C.U.M. […] a friend [TN François Pélisser] recorded the lecture itself, which I undertook to transcribe […] I gave this text to dr Lacan in January 1975 and he was very satisfied […] after the death of Jacques Lacan on 9th September 1982, knowing that Jacques-Alain Miller was custodian of the moral right to the work, I refrained from using this text. It was published by “Cahiers Cliniques de Nice” n° 1 June 1998. p 9-25. – Élisabeth Geblesco

In French

See École Lacanienne de la Psychanalyse/Pas-Tout Lacan : Available here   

To watch – le phénomène lacanien – YouTube

Quoted in

– The Pass in our School : 11th September 2019 : Anne Béraud

‘What place did the analyst have in this process, which was made up of a long-term continuity as well as of cuts, of words and of the body, to the point of tightening the “most central cornering [coinçage] of the symbolic, the imaginary and the real”?’ : From p9-10 of (Translation by Jack W. Stone. Edited by Anthony Chadwick and Richard G. Klein) : Knot 

We might grasp that this goes a little bit further than it seems.
If we look closely at our geometry, we grasp, notably, that this is a geometry of the saw. Our flat surfaces, our volumes, our peaks, and other ideal lines, do not suffice to give a status to the point. And yet the point, the element as we also say ––we think with this even in mathematics. We support so‐called group theory with it.

There could be another way to produce a point, and this is what I have tried to do in speaking of a certain knot, called Borromean. It is a funny thing, which I will not draw for you now, because you are too numerous. If there were only five or six of you, as I expected, I would have drawn the Borromean knot for you, and you would have immediately seen how ravishing it is, and that it demonstrates the relationship [JE rapport in French] of the real, the imaginary, and the symbolic as is not permitted.

The point is to be found at the heart, at the center. This is also what undoes it, in that it results from the true wedging, the most central [one], of the symbolic, the imaginary, and the real.

Circulated by NLS-Messager (New Lacanian School’s Messager – : Subject: [nls-messager] 3220.en/ Premiere Event. The Pass in Our School – A Word from ANNE BÉRAUD – Conference 29/09 in Ghent : Date: 11 September 2019 at 12:51:14 BST : Available

– The Pass in our School : 4th September 2019 : Anne Lysy

‘“There are words that carry, and others do not. This is called interpretation,” Lacan said in Nice in 1975.’ : From p6 of Jack W. Stone’s translation from : In analytic practice, it is not simply a question of tickling. We grasp that some words carry, and others don’t. This is what we call interpretation.

Circulated by NLS-Messager (New Lacanian School’s Messager – : Subject: [nls-messager] 3211.en/ Premiere Event. The Pass in Our School – A Word from ANNE LYSY – Conference 29/09 in Ghent : Date: 4 September 2019 at 16:04:49 BST : Available

The Stepladder (Escabeau) and Freudian Sublimation. From forcing to manipulation : A reading of «Joyce the Symptom» : (Paris) 3rd February 2015 : Éric Laurent or here

–  A Lacanian approach to clinical diagnosis and addiction : 2002 : Rik Loose or here

Presentation: “On James Joyce as Symptom” : 24th January 1976 (Nice) : Jacques Lacan or here


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