Wednesday at the forum

A nightmare as advent of the real

On a few occasions – for example, in Television and in La troisième – Lacan used the phrase advent of the real. In preparation for the next rendezvous of the International of the Forums of the Lacanian Field, I wish to discuss a phenomenon from the clinic that provides a unique path by which to investigate this topic. Recently, analysands have been bringing to their sessions with increasing frequency what they have termed: nightmares. It has been through the work with such occurrences, that nightmares – being both different and similar to the various forms of dreams Freud had outlined in his, Interpretation of Dreams, as well as those he was forced to include in his categorization from, Beyond the Pleasure Principle – have opened up another way of investigating the subject’s experience of the advents of the real. In this paper, I hope to show not only how nightmares can be considered as advents of the real, but also how a Lacanian reading of them adds something to a Freudian understanding of dreams.   This event is free. Confidentiality will be observed.

American Freud

With the introduction of Freud’s discoveries and the technique of psychoanalysis into the U.S. early in the twentieth century, an extraordinary cultural history was set into motion. For much of the century, analytic theory flourished in classrooms, institutions and private clinics throughout the emerging superpower. Perhaps what is equally extraordinary was the movement’s precipitous decline, beginning in the 1970’s and accelerating to the end of the century, when the influence of Freud’s theories and his reputation as an essential thinker reached a stunning nadir in the U.S., from where it has scarcely recovered. Why did Freud’s revelations regarding the UNCS capture the nation’s popular imagination and the focus of the university discourse, to such an extent in the mid-twentieth century? How are the historical Freud and his innovation of psychoanalysis widely perceived in the U.S. today, especially in mainstream and popular culture? Does Freud have an "image" problem in the U.S., and should the popular perception of analysis be "rehabilitated"? Since psychoanalysis in the U.S. experienced a historical phase in which it was highly fashionable, could it conceivably be "cool" again? And what possible consequences might come out of that?   Presented by Michael Barnard Writer Colorado Analytic Forum of the Lacanian Field member