Approaching the Impossible

Working with psychic suffering one is often confronted with feelings of impotence. Yet this is not a necessary consequence of the impossibility proper to the professions of educating, analysing or governing. Throughout the essays of Imre Kertész, the impossibility – or the unthinkable – is conceived of as proper to the relation between experience and language. A specific example is encountered in what is called the negative experience. Speaking and writing are treated as two distinct possibilities in the encounter with the impossible.

You cannot become One

The evolution of Lacan’s theory of the body in psychosis is presented, starting from his seminar on the sinthome. Some points of rupture can be found retrospectively in Lacan’s theory. From his first conceptualization of the imaginary body, then of the symbolic body and finally of the real body, Lacan comes to the conclusion that the imaginary, the symbolic and the real must be knotted. Lacan’s latest teaching offers novel perspectives on the difficult relation between body, language and jouissance for every speaking being. This is illustrated by means of three short case studies about James Joyce, Antonin Artaud and Michel H.