THE GRAPHS OF DESIRE, DESIRE, AND ITS INTERPRETATION

This year’s seminar builds upon last year’s work on clinical cases and the graph of desire. While last year we referred primarily to Lacan’s Seminar V, Formations of the unconscious our readings this year will focus on Seminar VI, Desire and its Interpretation as our primary point of reference.

Central to our engagement in Lacan’s sixth seminar will be the question of the relationship between desire and interpretation in the aftermath of Lacan’s return to Freud. Lacan would define interpretation as falling somewhere between a “direct quote” (of the analysand’s speech) and “an enigma.” How are unconscious formations (dreams, symptoms, jokes or Witz, fantasy, failed acts/bungled actions, play, and fantasy) themselves modalities of interpretation for a radically censored unconscious? How does the analyst’s act hold a place for working on and from unconscious formations? The enactment of unconscious fantasy in Lacan’s reading of Hamlet in Seminar VI will help us get our bearings as we consider the “acts” the unconscious results in. As last year, this seminar will also function as a clinical cases seminar in which participants will have the opportunity to present case material during the course of their experience in seminar.

Faculty: Christopher Meyer, PhD, Analyst of the School
When: 4th Saturday every month, September 2019-July, 2020; First meeting, September 28, 2019
Dates: First Meeting, September 28, 2019
Day and Time: 4th Saturday of the month, 10am-12:30pm
Location: Los Angeles/Beverly Hills, online participation is considered upon request
The Maple Counseling Center, 9107 Wilshire Blvd.,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Contact: Christopher Meyer, PhD (323) 930-9662, cmeyerwoeswar@gmail.com
Fees: $60.00 per class/students $40.00. (There is no charge for current interns and trainees of the Maple Center)

This seminar is approved by the Medical Board of California to train Research Psychoanalysts and by the California Psychological Association to provide Continuing Education Units for Licensed Psychologists. This course is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide Continuing Education Units for Marriage and Family Therapists and Psychiatric Social Workers. LSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.