Friday, October 13, 2017
8:00 pm


“Essentially, One Might Say, the Cure
is Effected by Love.” (Freud to Jung, December 1906)

Freud, in one of his first letters to Jung, seduces him as well as us, the belated readers, by a cure of “love.” This talk will trace love– the word, the concept, the thing, and its metonymies (transference, libido, drive, sexuality, Eros) in a variety of texts and passages from Freud’s works.

I will read these texts under the hypothesis that they are written in a way that can be called “poetic” in a specific sense.

Freud’s writing, while it borrows from a number of identifiable genres (autobiography, scientific exposition, prose fiction and even poetry and poetics), constitutes an irreducible way of inscribing psychoanalytic experience as such. How does this writing support a formalization of what he calls “love,” the sexual, the drives, or affects? And what do they have to do with writing according to psychoanalysis? By bringing together clinical experience and close reading, I hope to show that this combination lies at the heart of psychoanalysis.

Teaches literature and literary theory. Faculty, Columbia University, Psychoanalytic Study Program. He has translated into German and edited several volumes of texts by the French novelist and theoretician Maurice Blanchot. His academic research focuses on modern French thought and the intersection of literature, philosophy and psychoanalysis. He is currently preparing, together with Jamieson Webster, The Cambridge Introduction to Jacques Lacan. He is in private practice in New York and Berlin.



NYU Kimmel Center 60 Washington Square South at La Guardia Place
ROOM #808

Continuing Education Units: 2 contact hours.
Cost: $40. Click here to register and pay.

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