Lacan Circle Reading Group: The Object Relation

Jacques Lacan's Seminar IV





Lacan Circle Reading Group

The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book IV

The Object Relation


Convened by Eugénie Austin


This reading group is open to anyone with an interest
Join us for one session, every session, or occasional sessions
No prior knowledge is assumed
We read page-by-page, and slowly


We meet every Wednesday
7:00pm – 8:30pm Melbourne time AEDT (UTC+11)
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We began reading Seminar IV in July 2021
We are currently in Section III: The Fetish Object
including, on page 147:


“The veil or curtain which hangs in front of something
is still what best affords an image of this fundamental situation of love.
With the presence of the curtain,
what lies beyond as a lack tends to be actualised as an image.
The absence is painted onto the veil.”



We read from the just translated and published Polity Press edition:
The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book IV
The Object Relation 1956 – 1957
Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller

Translated by A. R. Price


It is available from the usual sellers, including:

Wiley here
Booktopia here
The Book Depository here
Blackwell’s here
Amazon here
and Readings bookshop in Carlton

“Freud tells us that in the world of objects
there is one that has an utterly and paradoxically decisive function,
namely the phallus.


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Lacan Circle Reading Group: The Object Relation




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Cover art… by Francisco Goya, Saturn Devouring His Son
Veil image by Victor Demarchelier


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