The Deconstitution of Psychoanalysis

Peggy Kamuf

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Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641543
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652136 | DOI:
The Deconstitution of Psychoanalysis

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This chapter considers four distinct texts by Derrida that are ‘on’ psychoanalysis, but also share a seemingly contingent feature: they were all initially addressed, in person, to a gathering of psychoanalysts by profession and at their invitation. These are ‘Freud and the Scene of Writing’, ‘Du tout’, ‘Geopsychanalysis and the rest of the world’, and ‘Psychoanalysis Searches the States of Its Soul’. What is interesting is this constancy of Derrida's interventions from the place of an outsider invited to address an assembled institution or constitution of analysis. From these four texts, the chapter selects only a few traits that are repeated, but also transformed, across this corpus.

Keywords: Derrida; psychoanalysis; psychoanalysts; Freud; geopsychanalysis

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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