Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Chattering MindA Conceptual History of Everyday Talk$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Samuel McCormick

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226677637

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226677804.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 29 July 2021

The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

Chapter:
(p.219) Seven The Writing on the Wall
Source:
The Chattering Mind
Author(s):

Samuel McCormick

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226677804.003.0008

Chapter 7 recalls a dream Freud had in the summer of 1895—a dream which would eventually enter psychoanalytic lore as “the dream of Irma’s injection.” At the center of this dream-specimen, as Freud called it, is a communicative practice whose implications for analytic theory and technique would not become apparent until the early-1950s, when Jacques Lacan began lecturing and writing about “empty speech.”As a prelude to the analyses of empty speech in chapters 8 and 9 of The Chattering Mind, chapter 7 considers Freud’s self-analysis of his iconic dream alongside Lacan’s self-proclaimed “re-analysis” of both texts—the dream as well as Freud’s account of it—in his canonical second seminar on The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis (1954-55). The significance of this re-analysis for understanding Lacan’s notion of empty speech cannot be overstated. Nor can its importance for defining the analytic horizon of this ordinary communicative practice—a more truthful and transformative way of speaking Lacan fittingly dubs “full speech.”

Keywords:   Jacques Lacan, Sigmund Freud, Irma's injection, empty speech, full speech, dreams, unconscious, ego, psychoanalysis, anxiety

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.