The Marks of a Psychoanalysis

Paper: 978 1 78220 557 9 / $48.95
Published: June 2017  

Publisher: Karnac Books
300 pp., 6" x 9"
Is someone radically different after an analysis? Since Freud, psychoanalysis has been questioned about what the psychoanalytic experience can change in someone’s life beyond shedding light on symptoms. Drawing on literature, philosophy, and a range of psychoanalytic theorists and practitioners, Luis Izcovich addresses the effects of psychoanalysis on the individual who has the desire and the courage to enter an analytic treatment and take it to its endpoint. The subject bears the marks of his childhood, and these have repercussions on the choices that he makes in life. Do these marks determine him, or does he have a choice in making his destiny? How do the transformations brought about in the transference change the subject? And does the analysis leave a distinguishing and locatable mark? Luis Izcovich attempts to answer these questions from a Lacanian perspective.

Table of Contents:
About the Author

Part I: The Mark of Time
1) Time and the unconscious
2) Borges, Lacan, poetry, time
3) Haste and exit
4) The moments to conclude

Part II: The Mark of the Symptom
5) The necessary symptom
6) What holds together
7) Lapsus of the knot
8) The writing of the symptom

Part III: The Mark of Separation
9) The clinic of limits
10) How did Winnicott analyse?
11) Ferenczi or the effaced trauma
12) Identity and separation
13) The mark of the father

Part IV: The Effective Mark
14) The being of jouissance
15) Scraps of discourse
16) The sense of the sense-less
17) Grimaces of the real or the marks of repetition
18) Letter and nomination

Part V: The Mark of the Desire of the Analyst
19) The true journey
20) The marks of interpretation
21) The desire of the analyst or the mark of gay sçavoir
22) Unprecedented satisfaction or the mark of the ending
23) The desire of the analyst and absolute difference

Postscript—Michel Bousseyroux

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Strange as the word 'mark' may be in the context of psychoanalysis, Izcovich employs it to ask (and answer) one of the most challenging and important questions: How does one know that someone has been through an analysis? Avoiding all simplistic responses, he takes the reader into a largely uncharted territory, where symptoms give way to desire, and where
desire is bound up with subjective time. As an unprecedented exploration of psychoanalytic markers and marks, this book is nothing but a landmark and, as such, truly indispensable."
- Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at Brunel University London, and chair of the Freud Museum London