20 de maio de 2012

455 - 2011/2012 VERS TEL AVIV 45 - Réflexions 2 0 / TOWARDS TEL AVIV 45 - Reflections 20

Messager 455 - 2011/2012

Xe Congrès NLS 16-17 juin 2012 / 10th NLS Congress 16-17 June 2012

20 mai 2012
20 May 2012

VERS TEL AVIV 45 - Réflexions 20

 Vers le Congrès de la NLS
"Lire un symptôme"                              

Cette rubrique a pour but de recueillir différents commentaires de collègues, des réflexions, des questions qui pourraient surgir à partir de citations choisies, ou des extraits de textes de S. Freud et de J.Lacan. En recueillant des voix et des pensées différentes, "Réflexions" nous amènera aussi à "Lire un symptôme" et finalement à notre Rencontre à Tel Aviv. « Réflexions » vous invite à participer à ce projet.

Claudia Iddan

TOWARDS TEL AVIV 45 - Reflections 20
Towards the NLS-Congress

‘Reading a Symptom’

The aim of this rubric is to gather different commentaries, reflections or questions that emerge from chosen quotes, or from extracts of Freud’s or Lacan’s texts. By gathering different thoughts and voices, ‘Reflections’ will take us towards ‘Reading a Symptom’ and in the end to our meeting in Tel Aviv. ‘Reflections’ invites you to participate in this project.
Claudia Iddan

Two reading recommendations
Ahinoam Mezzer-Gur*

In the wake of two quotes, the one from Freud and the other from Lacan, one can follow two directions for the reading of the symptom -
A reading that is directed, as Miller suggests, toward the real of the symptom, "based on writing as outside meaning"[1] – a reading which is beyond meaning
1.    Reading in the dark:
"I know that in writing I have to blind myself artificially in order to focus all the light on one dark spot, renouncing cohesion, harmony, rhetoric and everything which you call symbolic, frightened as I am by the experience that any such claim or expectation involves the danger of distorting the matter under investigation, even though it may embellish it"[2]
Freud describes, in his letter to Lou Andreas-Salome, his way of writing. How he tries to go beyond any claim or expectation, how he tries to go beyond anything which is symbolic. I regard Freud's idea about the writing as a lead in relation to the question – how to read a symptom: In the dark, with no preconceived argument or expectation, relinquishing any objective of cohesion, harmony or rhetoric. Freud proposes to abandon the temptation to adorn the investigation with meaning.
2.    Reading as a dupe
"To operate with this knot [the Borromoean knot] in a suitable fashion you must use a bit of stupidity – to be its [the Borromoean knot] dupe"[3]
For Lacan, the Borromean knot, whose fourth ring is the symptom, is a writing that supports the real. In Seminar XX Lacan mentions his trip to the East over the plain of Siberia. Following this trip he talked about the route of the river he saw from the plane as the "metaphorical trace of writing"[4]. He linked our ability to read the written to the "idealism related to the impossibility of inscribing the sexual relationship"[5]. Thus, in a Mobius manner, it is possible to read the written as a result of that which is impossible to write. Precisely there Lacan places the symptom, as a real thing, as a substitute (suppliant) for the sexual relation. Consequently, the quotation above, concerning the recommended manner of operating with the knot, can be regarded as prescribing a way of reading the symptom - a reading that directs us to the meaningless - to use a bit of stupidity, i.e. to be its dupe. The reading in the dark and the reading as a dupe, share some similarities but, the direction that Lacan suggests is not in the realm of dark and light, vision and blindness, but rather to be located beyond appearance and being. To be a dupe in the right way is to be the dupe of the real. 

* NLS member, Giep-NLS

[1] Miller Jacques-Miller, Reading a Symptom, lecture in London, 2011
[2] Sigmund Freud and Lou Andreas-Salome Letters, Ed. Ernst Pfeiffer, letter from-25.5.16
[3] Lacan Jacques, Seminar XXII, R.S.I., 1974-1975, LS - 17.12.74
[4] Lacan Jacques, Seminar XX, Encore, 1972-1973, p. 120
[5] Ibid.

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