A collection of thirty-five theoretical texts written between 1936 and 1966. Écrits has been characterized as elitist by Jean-Claude Milner, but Slavoj Žižek claims that
In fact, Lacan’s seminars and ecrits relate like analysand’s and analyst’s speech in the treatment. In seminars, Lacan acts as analysand, he “freely associates,” improvises, jumps, addressing his public, which is thus put into the role of a kind of collective analyst. In comparison, his writings are more condensed, formulaic, and they throw at the reader unreadable ambiguous propositions which often appear like oracles, challenging the reader to start working on them, to translate them into clear theses and provide examples and logical demonstrations of them.
Table of contents
- Overture to this Collection
- Seminar on the "The Purloined Letter"
- On My Antecedents
- Beyond the "Reality Principle"
- The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I Function, as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience
- Aggressiveness in Psychoanalysis
- A Theoretical Introduction to the Functions of Psychoanalysis in Criminology
- Presentation on Psychical Causality
- Logical Time and the Assertion of Anticipated Certainty
- Presentation on Transference
- On the Subject Who Is Finally in Question
- The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis
- Variations on the Standard Treatment
- On a Purpose
- Introduction to Jean Hyppolite's Commentary on Freud's "Verneinung"
- Response to Jean Hyppolite's Commentary on Freud's "Verneinung"
- The Freudian Thing, or the Meaning of the Return to Freud in Psychoanalysis
- Psychoanalysis and it's Teaching
- The Situation of Psychoanalysis and the Training of Psychoanalysis in 1956
- The Instance of the Letter in the Unconscious, or Reason Since Freud
- On a Question Prior to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis
- The Direction of the Treatment and the Principles of Its Power
- Remarks on Daniel Lagache's Presentation: "Psychoanalysis and Personality Structure"
- The Signification of the Phallus
- In Memory of Ernst Jones: On His Theory of Symbolism
- On an Ex Post Facto Syllabary
- Guiding Remarks for a Convention on Female Sexuality
- The Youth of Gide, or the Letter and Desire
- Kant with Sade
- The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious
- Position of the Unconscious
- On Freud's "Trieb" and Psychoanalyst's Desire
- Science and Truth