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"The Speaking Body. On the Unconscious in the 21st Century"


  “What exactly is a speaking body? What makes a body human is indeed that it isa speaking body. The term “speaking” here is not an adjective that would complete a predefined noun, the body, by adding to it the act of speaking. The common error made by psychology is to think that speech is a cognitive function of the body, an acquired behavior, although it is supported in an innate way within a profound structure of the organism. This is not the case. Neither speech nor language is reducible to cognitive functions, since these functions, considered as organic functions, depend on the already a priori relation of the subject to the signifier, to the structure of language, which precedes him as body and as being that speaks. Hence, a language is not learned, it is transmitted by the experience of jouissance which touches the body of the image. “Speaking” functions also in the expression “the speaking body” as an active participle or present participle, equivalent in some cases to the gerund. This doesn’t mean that a being exists there a priori, to which the property of speaking is added. It means that this being, as Lacan points out several times, is a being only to the extent that he speaks. In the same way, we must also point out that this being is only able to have a body insofar as he speaks, insofar as he is speaking or spoken.

Miquel Bassols

The psychoanalysts of the World Association of Psychoanalysis welcome one by one living bodies, hurt by the bewilderment or the debility forced by the discourses in which they are immersed. In this volume, which borrows its form from the dictionary, they decant their experience in order to make the speaking body resonate: Anatomy, Androgyny, Cosmetics, Exhibition, Lacanian Unconscious, Jouissance, Obesity, Ill-treatments, Pornography, Segregation, Selfies….

Psychoanalysis tends to make possible for each, according to one’s singularity, the invention of an alliance between one’s body and the resources of speech against the worst.

Ève Miller-Rose




FOREWORD – Scilicet, The Speaking Body of the WAP– Miquel Bassols            15

PRESENTATION – Scilicet of the Speaking Body – Marcus André Vieira            21

ORIENTATION – The Unconscious and the Speaking Body –

Jacques-Alain Miller            27


Amur – Maurizio Mazzotti (slp)            43

Anatomy – Adriana Meza (nel)            46

Androgyny – Luis Fernando Carrijo da Cunha (ebp)            49

Art-gueil – Francisco-Hugo Freda (ecf)            52


Baroque – Patricia Moraga (eol)            55

Beautiful/Ugly – Florencia Fernández Coria Shanahan (nls)            58

Bits of the Real – Paula Kalfus (eol)            61

Body Art – Marisa Morao (eol)            64

Body Image/Imaginary Body – Alfredo Zenoni (ecf)            67


Castration (and Parlêtre) – Corinne Rezki (ecf)            70

Celebrity – Antonella Del Monaco (slp)            73

Child’s Body – Neus Carbonell (elp)            76

Coming Out – Grace Tarpey (nls)            79

Corporisation. The Mystery of the Body that Speaks – Blanca Sánchez (eol)            82

Cosmetics – Gabriela Basz (eol)            85


Dasein (and Copulation) – Manuel Férnandez Blanco (elp)            88

Defence – Maria Arminda Brinco de Freitas (ecf)            91

Delusion – Andrés Borderias (elp)            94

Drive and Speaking Body – Marisa Chamizo (eol)            97

Dupery(Necessary) – Dominique Laurent (ecf)            100


Ego (and the Body) – Cecilia Gasbarro (eol)            103

Ego Ideal/Ideal Ego (and Speaking Being) – Viviana Berger (nel)            105

Enjoying Substance – Laura Arciniegas S. (nel)            109

Escabeau (and Schoenberg) – Carlos Rossi (eol)            112

Escabeau/S.K.beau (and Duchamp) – Hervé Castanet (ecf)            115

Event (and Jouissance of the Body) – Sergio Caretto (slp)            118

Excess – Francis Ratier (ecf)            121

Exhibition/Pornography – Jean-Luc Monnier (ecf)            124


Fantasy (Window – Screen) – Victoria Horne-Reinoso (ecf)            127

Feminine Jouissance and the Woman’s Body – Céline Menghi (slp)            130

Fitness (Taking Care of the Body) – Rosane da Fonte (ebp)            133

Fixation, Repetition, Reiteration – Adrián Scheinkestel (eol)            136

Flesh and Merleau-Ponty – Éric Zuliani (ecf)            139

Formal Envelope – Frank Rollier (ecf)            142

Fragmented Body – Eduardo Suárez (eol)            145

Freudian Unconscious – Marta Serra Frediani (elp)            148


Gaze – Deborah Gutermann-Jacquet (ecf)            151


I Think Therefore It Enjoys (and Descartes) – Yves Vanderveken (nls)            154

Id (and Parlêtre) – José Fernando Veláquez (nel)            157

Ill-Treatments – Oscar Reymundo (ebp)            160

Imaginary – Massimo Termini (slp)            163

Inhibition – Joaquín Caretti Ríos (elp)            166

Interpretation and Body Event – Inés Sotelo (eol)            169

Intimacy – Jorge Assef (eol)            172

Invention and Sinthome – Charles-Henri Crochet (ecf)            175


Jouissance of the Body – Nora Pessoa Gonçalves (ebp)            178

Joyce (Sinthome and Escabeau) – Domenico Cosenza (slp)            181


L’Une-bévue – Henri Kaufmanner (ebp)            184

Lacanian Unconscious – Carlos Augusto Nicéas (ebp)            187

Lalangue – Camilo Ramirez (ecf)            190


Mass Individualism (and Segregation) – Félix Rueda (elp)            193

Masturbation – Darío Galante (eol)            196

Mental (and Debility) – Rosa Elena Manzetti (slp)            199


Name of Jouissance – Danièle Lacadée-Labro (ecf)            202

Narcissism (in the 21st Century) – Adriana Testa (eol)            205

Nudity – Amanda Goya (elp)            208


Obesity – Cristina Drummond (ebp)            211

Objects Outside the Body – Sonia Mankoff (eol)            214

One-Body – Esthela Solano-Suárez (ecf)            217

Oracle – Kuky Mildiner (eol)            220

Organs and Organism – Alain Merlet (ecf)            223

Orgasm – Anne Béraud (nls)            226


Parlêtre (and Unconscious) – Rose-Paule Vinciguerra (ecf)            229

Pass and Escabeau – Jacqueline Dhéret (ecf)            232

Père-versions – Sophie Gayard (ecf)            235

Perversion and Speaking Body – Diana Campolongo (eol)            238

Phallus and Phallic Jouissance – Stella Jimenez (ebp)            241

Pleasure – Elida Ganoza (nel)            244

Pornography – Paola Francesconi (slp)            247

Privacy – Àngel Sanabria (nel)            250

Prohibition/Permission – Ana Ricaurte (nel)            253

Psychosomatics – Maria do Carmo Dias Batista (ebp)            256


Rims of the Body – Ana Simonetti (eol)            259


Segregation of Bodies: On Pornography – Diana Bergovoy (nls)            262

Selfie – Juan Felipe Arango (nel)            265

Semantic Vacuity (and Hegel) – Carlos Márquez (nel)            268

Semblants (the Failure of) – Patricia Tassara (elp)            271

Sex Toy – Marco Focchi (slp)            274

Sexual Identity – François Ansermet (nls)            277

Sexual Learning – Veronique Voruz (nls)            280

Speaking Body/Parlêtre – Antonio Di Ciaccia (slp)            283

Spectacle – Adriana Laión (eol)            286

Specular Image – Mónica Pelliza (nel)            289

Speech (and Jouissance of Speech) – Réginald Blanchet (nls)            292

Surplus Jouissance – Manuel Montalbán Pereguín (elp)            295

Symptom of Another’s Symptom – Lucia D’Angelo (elp)            298

Symptom of the Parlêtre – Raffaele Calabria (slp)            301


Tattoos / Piercings – Leticia A. Acevedo (eol)            304

Technique (the Empire of) – Luiz Henrique Vidigal (ebp)            307

Transference and Body – Bernard Seynhaeve (ecf)            310

Transparency – Vera Avellar Ribeiro (ebp)            313


Very Last Teaching – Margarita Álvarez (elp)            316

Virtual Image – Ennia Favret (eol)            319

Voyeur – Maria Marciani (eol)            322


Weaker Sex (The)? – Stella Harrison (ecf)            325


For about six months our colleagues devoted themselves body and soul
in order to communicate the words and the spirit of more than 85 texts
written in French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese into English.
Haney, Joanne Conway, Roger Litten, Carmen Navarro Nino and Sabrina di
Cioccio assured the coordination of the translation teams for each of
these languages.
We would like to thank each and everyone who contributed to the English version of Scilicet.

We hope that the result will be like Vik Muniz's
painting: a work of art made by a lot of precious pieces.
Good reading!        

Despina Andropoulou

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