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[[Freud]] uses the term '[[inversion]]' to designate [[homosexuality]], the idea being that [[homosexuality]] is the inverse of [[heterosexuality]].
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=====Sigmund Freud=====
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[[Freud]] uses the term "[[inversion]]" to designate [[homosexuality]], the [[idea]] [[being]] that [[homosexuality]] is the [[inverse]] of [[heterosexuality]].
  
[[Lacan]] uses the term in this sense too in his early works.<ref>Lacan. 1938. p.109</ref>
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=====Jacques Lacan=====
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=====Early Work=====
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[[Lacan]] uses the term in this [[sense]] too in his early works.<ref>{{L}} ''[[Works of Jacques Lacan|Les complexes familiaux dans la formation de l'individu. Essai d'analyse d'une fonction en psychologie]]'', [[Paris]]: Navarin, 1984 (1938). p. 109</ref>
  
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=====Later Work=====
 
However, in [[Lacan]]'s post-war works the term is used in quite a different sense.
 
However, in [[Lacan]]'s post-war works the term is used in quite a different sense.
  
[[Inversion]] then usually refers to a characteristic of the [[specular iamge]].
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=====Specular Image=====
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[[Inversion]] then usually refers to a characteristic of the [[specular image]].
  
What appears on one side of the [[real]] [[body]] appears on the other side of the [[image]] of the [[body]] reflected in the [[mirror]].<ref>Lacan. 1951b. p.15</ref>
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What appears on one side of the [[real]] [[body]] appears on the other side of the [[image]] of the [[body]] reflected in the [[mirror]].<ref>{{L}} "[[Works of Jacques Lacan|Some reflections on the ego]]," ''Int. J. [[Psycho]]-[[Anal]]''., vol. 34, 1953 (1951b). p. 15</ref>
  
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=====Imaginary Order=====
 
By extension, [[inversion]] becomes a quality of all [[imaginary]] phenomena, such as [[transitivism]].
 
By extension, [[inversion]] becomes a quality of all [[imaginary]] phenomena, such as [[transitivism]].
  
Thus in [[schema L]], the [[imaginary]] is represented as a barrier blockign the [[discourse]] of the [[Other]], causing this [[discourse]] to arrive at the [[subject]] ''in an inverted form''.
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=====Schema L=====
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Thus in [[schema L]], the [[imaginary]] is represented as a [[barrier]] blocking the [[discourse]] of the [[Other]], causing this [[discourse]] to arrive at the [[subject]] ''in an inverted [[form]]''.
  
Hence [[Lacan]]'s definition of [[analytic]] [[communication]] in which the sender receives his own [[message]] in an inverted form.
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=====Analytic Communication=====
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Hence [[Lacan]]'s definition of [[communication| analytic communication]] in which the sender receives his own [[message]] in an [[inversion|inverted form]].
  
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=====Leonardo da Vinci=====
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In 1957, both senses of the term are brought together in [[Lacan]]'s [[discussion]] of [[Leonardo da Vinci]].
  
In 1957, both senses of the term are brought together in [[Lacan]]'s discussion of [[Leonardo da Vinci]].
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Taking up [[Freud]]'s argument [[about]] [[Leonardo]]'s [[homosexuality]].<ref>{{F}} (1910c.) ''[[Works of Sigmund Freud|Leonardo da Vinci and a Memory of his Childhood]]'', [[SE]] XI, p. 59.</ref>
  
Taking up [[Freud]]'s argument about [[Leonardo]]'s [[homosexuality]],<ref>Freud. 1910c.</ref> [[Lacan]] goes on to argue that [[Leonardo]]'s [[specular]] [[identification]] was highly unusual in that it resulted in an [[inversion]] of the positions (on [[schema L) of the [[ego]] and the [[little other]].<ref>{{S4}} p.433-4</ref>
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[[Lacan]] goes on to argue that [[Leonardo]]'s [[specular]] [[identification]] was highly unusual in that it resulted in an [[inversion]] of the positions (on [[schema L]]) of the [[ego]] and the [[little other]].<ref>{{S4}} p. 433-4</ref>
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* [[Sexuality]]
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Latest revision as of 20:01, 24 May 2019

French: inversion
Sigmund Freud

Freud uses the term "inversion" to designate homosexuality, the idea being that homosexuality is the inverse of heterosexuality.

Jacques Lacan
Early Work

Lacan uses the term in this sense too in his early works.[1]

Later Work

However, in Lacan's post-war works the term is used in quite a different sense.

Specular Image

Inversion then usually refers to a characteristic of the specular image.

What appears on one side of the real body appears on the other side of the image of the body reflected in the mirror.[2]

Imaginary Order

By extension, inversion becomes a quality of all imaginary phenomena, such as transitivism.

Schema L

Thus in schema L, the imaginary is represented as a barrier blocking the discourse of the Other, causing this discourse to arrive at the subject in an inverted form.

Analytic Communication

Hence Lacan's definition of analytic communication in which the sender receives his own message in an inverted form.

Leonardo da Vinci

In 1957, both senses of the term are brought together in Lacan's discussion of Leonardo da Vinci.

Taking up Freud's argument about Leonardo's homosexuality.[3]

Lacan goes on to argue that Leonardo's specular identification was highly unusual in that it resulted in an inversion of the positions (on schema L) of the ego and the little other.[4]

See Also

References