- To develop an understanding of a particular case that Freud treated.
- To distinguish the urgency within this case and the ways that Freud responded to this urgency.
- To extract the principles of psychoanalysis, which this case can demonstrate.
- And to determine what this case has to offer those of us who are practicing now.
The seminar will meet in person at my home on the first Saturday of the month. (The seminar is invite only! If you need info about getting an invite please email me.) Here is the proposed schedule for the seminar this year.
Each session of the seminar will look at one of the nine chapters of the published case study. If there is still interest in continuing to examine the case after these nine meetings, we can look into some of the other documents that pertain to the case.
Changes to the schedule may need to be made because of weather and life events. I’ll be sure to update the schedule here, and on our slack group anytime a change is made.
- 1/21 I. Introductory Remarks
- 2/4 II. General Survey of the Patient’s Environmental and the History of the Case
- 3/4 III. The Seduction and Its immediate Consequences
- 4/1 IV The Dream and the Primal Scene
- 5/6 V. A few Discussions
- 6/3 VI. The Obsessional Neurosis
- 7/1 VII. Anal Erotism and the Castration Complex
- 8/5 VIII. Fresh Material from the Primal Period — Solution
- 9/2 IV. Recapitulations and Problems
The only essential text is From the History of an Infantile Neurosis (AKA the Wolf-Man case). You can get this many different places, and I don’t think it will matter which version you get.
Some other texts I will refer to during the seminar will be:
- Lacan, J. The Subversion of the Subject & the Dialectic of Desire. In the Écrits.
- Miller, J.A. Psychoanalysis Has a Structure of Fiction. In The Lacanian Review #7.
- Miller, J.A. The Lying Truth. In The Lacanian Review #7.
- Svolos, T. The Aims of Analysis: Miami Seminar on the Late Lacan.
I’ve chosen these texts because they are relatively easy to get (all are available on Amazon).