Lacan Circle Seminar
Introduction to Lacan: Return to Freud
Presented by Jonathan Redmond
This seminar concluded in May 2022: The post-seminar package is available below
In this seminar we studied Lacan’s “return to Freud” via the concepts of the imaginary, the symbolic and the real in relation to key Freudian texts and concepts.
Lacan’s famous statement “the unconscious is structured like a language” orientates analysts to, above all, a return to the Freudian unconscious. Lacan’s articulation of fundamental Freudian ideas of the ego and the unconscious via reference to the imaginary, the symbolic and the real establishes a distinctly Lacanian analytic discourse clearly distinguishable from other contemporary post-Freudian schools (ego psychology, object relations and Kleinian theory).
By a close reading of key texts, we traced Lacan’s original reading of, and fidelity to, Freud’s oeuvre; tracing the movement from idea to concept to praxis, the seminar explored how fundamental psychoanalytic concepts such as the unconscious, resistance, repression, transference, the drives, interpretation, working through, neurosis and psychosis are articulated in relation to the imaginary, symbolic and the real.
This course is open to anyone interested in engaging with Lacan’s “return to Freud” and who is interested in learning more about fundamental Lacanian concepts with an emphasis on their link to Freud and to clinical practice
Register below for the Lacan Circle post-seminar package
of the Introduction to Lacan course outline and notes,
the readings, and the ten seminar recordings
Introduction to Lacan: Return to Freud post-seminar package
These seminars were audio and video recorded and live broadcast through Zoom.
Those present agreed to the collection and processing of their personal data,
and the publication of the audio and video recordings and stills.