What does not pass between generations

Clotilde Pascual

We can talk about the most intimate and the strangest, what for Freud was the uncanny1, which from Lacan onwards we call the traumatic of jouissance. It is what Lacan named the One all alone2, the One of jouissance, without the Other, who dwells in the heart of lalangue. However, generations ask how to deal with the Other’s jouissance. Faced with this, the insistence of the One of jouissance arises, outside of any semantics, since this dimension of jouissance leaves the subject confronted with solitude. It is well seen in the child’s symptom, as exponent of whatis symptomatic in the parental couple.3 That jouissance of the child cannot be caught, at best it makes a symptom of its own, as a body event.4

1 Freud S., «The Uncanny» [1919].
2 Lacan J., The Seminar, Book XIX,  …Or worse [1971-1972].
3 Lacan J., «Note on the child» [1969].
4 Soler C., Presentation of the theme of the Meeting of the IF 10 and 11 July 2021, in What is not inherited.

Carmen Gallano

For Lacan, the trauma of the verb, of the misunderstanding, “passes” through the generations. “You are part of the chatter of your ancestors […] they were swimming in misunderstanding as they could” – he tells us in his last seminar, before leaving for Caracas. Therefore, what sustains us in the unconscious is rooted in that transmission of misunderstanding, from generation to generation1. Only, the child defends himself against this madness by separating with his fantasy, with the phantasy that is generated in the fault of the Other. Could we not say, then, that the fantasy makes the non-existent Other exist with a version, the one of the subject, the one of his being, his own? Is it not what “does not pass” between generations? Is it not the Other, a fantasmatic version? The symptom leaves the subject alone, with a real that expresses the fault of that fantasy, a return of the real to subjectivity, a malaise that allows psychoanalysis…

1J. Lacan, « Le malentendu», in Ornicar? 22-23, 16-VI-1980.

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