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Isabelle Alfandary Talk: "Function and Field of Scansion in Jacques Lacan’s Poetics of Speech"

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

Where: Kresge Hall, 1515, 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Jun Fang  

Group: French Interdisciplinary Group

Department of French and Italian

Category: Academic


This talk seeks to assess the meaning and scope of one of Lacan’s most famous and decried notion: scansion. Scansion is a notion of prosody which undoubtedly was not chosen at random by Lacan. Scanning which proved central to his conception of the analytic cure and handling of the treatment turns out to be a gesture of a very particular kind: through an action, which involves minimal intervention is revealed a double entendre, the content of the unconscious fantasy. The clinical function of scansion is hence to accentuate a “part” of the subject’s discourse to make it resonate, to isolate a signifier, to make it audible through its material and phonemic plasticity in its irreducible ambiguity. Scansion is for Lacan of Freudian descent: clinically stemming and theoretically deduced from principle of the determinism of the unconscious it relies on the “weft” of the dream’s written fabric as evinced by The Interpretation of Dreams.

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