Brian Robertson – On the Twisted Structure of Sadomasochism in Lacan’s Anxiety Seminar

THE LETTER 51 Autumn 2012, pages 45-68. As early as his Three Essays, Freud accounted for sadism and masochism in terms of two, mirrored (or dialectically opposed) articulations of the self-same aggressive drives. More recently, attention has been drawn to … Continue reading

Mary O’Connor – Some Serious Recreation

THE LETTER 51 Autumn 2012, pages 75-80. Lacan’s introduction to the seminar on the Purloined Letter is couched in a mathematical language which can be a little intimidating. This paper attempts to sift through some of the outer layers of … Continue reading