Lacan and American Feminism
Lacan describes the psychoanalytic process as a dialectic between what he calls “l’instant du regard” (the moment of the look) “le temps de comprendre” (the time to understand) and “le moment de conclure” (the moment to conclude). In other words there is that decisive moment when for the first time the analyst and the analysand look at each other. Then comes the time to understand what this encounter is about. Last, the moment to conclude occurs when the analyst and analysand change places. The analysand can sit in the analyst’s chair because he or she has discovered that the analyst’s knowledge has become irrelevant. The analysand has figured out what his or her desire is, so that the function of the analyst is now exhausted.
KeywordsSexual Difference Symbolic Order Queer Theory Decisive Moment American Feminist
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