Introduction to Jacques-Alain Miller and the Later Lacan
Presented by Jonathan Redmond in 2023
This introductory course to the teaching of Jacques-Alain Miller provides an overview of significant modifications to analytic discourse developed by Lacan in seminars and papers throughout the 1970s. The seminar provides an overview and critical discussion of significant new analytic concepts emerging from Lacan’s reconfiguration of the real, symbolic and imaginary in relation to knot theory (i.e. the “Borromean clinic”), the changed status of the Name-of-the-Father and the affirmation of a new concept “the real unconscious”. We will trace Miller’s intervention termed “the later Lacan” to identity the continuities and discontinuities in Lacan’s later teaching and contrast this with his earlier period – “the return to Freud” – an era oriented by the transferential unconscious and the meaning of the symptom. We will read significant papers by Lacan, Miller and others that orientate clinicians to fundamental theoretical issues in Lacan’s later teachings and discuss their clinic relevance to contemporary forms of suffering with particular emphasis on ordinary psychosis.
Jonathan Redmond is a psychoanalyst in Fremantle, Western Australia, and a member of the Lacan Circle of Australia. He has been in private practice in the USA and Australia for over a decade, and has an extensive research portfolio in clinical psychology and Lacanian psychoanalysis. He is the author of Ordinary Psychosis and the Body.