THE LETTER 11 (Autumn 1997) pages 76-82
In a virtual dictionary of umheimlich, we read the following:
An exciety: Anxiety between vinegar and acid.
An egg-sighty: See ‘Histoire de VoeiV, by Georges Bataille;
Anex-eyety: Clairvoyance; Organs donatini.
An ex-eyety: See ‘Sandman’; See ‘The Merchant and the Genie’.
An ex-sighty: Oedipus; King Lear; Last session of a Lacanian analysis.
An x eye-eaty: See ‘The devouring eye’, by Roger Caillois.
An Xeyety: Because artists in general and painters in particular, make it possible to see what is not to be seen.
Un ex-eyety: The ethics in ‘The Merchant and the Genie’, in ‘The Thousand and One Nights’.
’Selon Lacan, ce n ’est pas I’homo homini lupus mais la jouissance qui constitute le lien le plus primitif entre le sujet et VAutre… ’ M. Safouan.’
The eye is not satisfied with seeing. Ecclesiastes 1:8.
In his commentary on Freud’s umheimlich, Lacan notes the importance given by Freud to the linguistic analysis of the concept ‘Uncanny’. This is a fact which, from his point of view, justifies the importance which he conferred on the function of the signifier. Here, Lacan seems to be asking, was Freud a Lacanian, avant la lettre? …