Returning to Lacan’s Seminar XVII

Published by Lacanian Press



The London Society of the New Lacanian School (LS-NLS) is delighted to announce that their online reading of Seminar XVII has been published by Lacanian Press.


With contributions from

Marie-Hélène Brousse
Vicente Palomera
Florencia FC Shanahan
Frank Rollier
Patricia Tassara
Bruno de Halleux
Alexandre Stevens
Alicia Arenas
Despina Andropoulou
Geert Hoornaert
Susana Huler, and
Éric Laurent


We now read Jacques Lacan’s seventeenth seminar from ‘the other side’ of a fifty-year gap separating us from its initial delivery, at the Place du Panthéon, in the academic year 1969-1970. This is factually the case, yet viewing it this way is akin to looking down the wrong end of a telescope: the seminar appears to recede away from us into a distorted distance, as if of interest primarily to historians.


This volume aims to do the reverse (l’envers): namely, to return to Seminar XVII by turning the lens it provides us with onto our present, bringing it – and ourselves as contemporary readers of Lacan – into critical and clinical focus. It does so by bringing together, for the first time anywhere in English, twelve members of the New Lacanian School whose systematic readings of each unfolding session of Seminar XVII are rooted not in social, cultural, or political history, but in the living clinic of the present with which analytic practice is necessarily involved.


Published by Lacanian Press, Publishing House of Lacanian Compass

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The twelve Zoom recordings of the LS-NLS presentations are available on YouTube here

Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XVII, The Other Side of Psychoanalysis is available everywhere including here




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