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A Practice of the Letter - Resumes 28th January 2022

ICLO-NLS Annual Teaching Seminar 2021/24


In 1965 Lacan writes that "the practice of the letter converges with the usage of the unconscious."[1] It is, as far as I know, the only time that Lacan uses this expression.

However, the question of the letter, of writing and reading, is present in Lacan's work from very early on[2] and at the core of his encounter with psychoanalysis and his “return to Freud”.

This seminar will consist of an exploration, over three years, of Lacan’s major works[3] on these issues in their articulation with clinical practice and the specificity of the analytic experience according to the Lacanian Orientation.

Conducted by Florencia F.C. Shanahan



[1] Lacan, J., Autres Ecrits, Seuil, p. 191. [2] Cf. "Inspired Writings. Schizography", presented to the Medico-Psychological Society on November 12th, 1931, published in "Jacques Lacan, Travaux et interventions" AREP edition, Alençon, 1977. [3]"Function and Field...", "The Purloined Letter", "The Instance of the Letter…", "Lituraterre"