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Receptive Bodies$
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Leo Bersani

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226579627

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226579931.001.0001

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Force in Progress

Force in Progress

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(p.51) 4 Force in Progress
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Receptive Bodies
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Leo Bersani

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226579931.003.0004

This chapter explores how Jacques Lacan's relentless insistence on the primacy of the signifier gets a novel twist in a 1974 analytic encounter remembered several years later by Suzanne Hommel, a former patient who went on to become an eminent analyst herself. She tells Lacan a dream she has—a dream she has had more than once. In doing this, she brings the readers (and presumably Lacan) to the threshold of therapy's exemplary model of interpretive material: one of the patient's dreams. The material the analyst works with, Lacan tirelessly instructs, is the signifier, the verbal chain through which the analysis is spoken and defined by the foundational structures of language.

Keywords:   Jacques Lacan, Suzanne Hommel, signifier, dream, therapy, interpretive material, language

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