Philadelphia Lacan Study Group

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (7:00 pm to 8:45 pm)

NEW 2019 SEMINAR: LACAN’S DIZZY SPELLS: From Situation to L’étourdit

LACAN’S DIZZY SPELLS: From Situation to L’étourdit

Session II, March 13, 2019

“You have satisfied me, littleman. You understood, that’s what was required. Go now, there is not too much étourdit for it to return after being halfsaid in the afternoon (l’après midit). Thanks to the hand that will respond to you if you call her Antigone, the same hand that can tear you apart because I sphynxe of it my notall (pastoute), then evenings you will even make yourself the equal of Tiresias, thus like him, because you played the Other, you’ll divine what I said to you.”

Jacques Lacan, L’étourdit, p. 468. Autres Ecrits. Paris: Seuil, 2001.

This Seminar will start with Lacan’s critical survey of the state of psychoanalysis in the 1950s, a critique that has remained urgent today, to move to a later and admittedly puzzling text from 1972, “L’étourdit,” in which some of the questions posed in the earlier text are revisited. In “The Situation of Psychoanalysis and the Training of Psychoanalysts in 1956,” Lacan denounces the deafness of most psychoanalysts who neglect the power of language, whereas “L’étourdit” tackles the implications of “saying” in the “talking cure,” which entails a direct challenge to the psychoanalytic institutions.

In this reading group we engage in a close reading and discussion of Lacan’s writings. The reading seminars are an open forum for the discussion of psychoanalysis. Curated by Patricia Gherovici. Seminars are free and open to all. Questions? Email:

Where? Kelly Writers House, ROOM # 203 Second Floor
38th and Locust Streets, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.