During the third year of his famous seminar, Jacques Lacan gives a
concise definition of psychoanalysis: 'Psychoanalysis should be the
science of language inhabited by the subject. From the Freudian
point of view man is the subject captured and tortured by
language.' Since psychosis is a special but emblematic case of
language entrapment, Lacan devotes much of this year to grappling
with distinctions between the neuroses and the psychoses. As he
compared the two, relationships, symmetries, and contrasts emerge
that enable him to erect a structure for psychosis.
Freud's famous case of Daniel Paul Schreber is central to Lacan's
analysis. In demonstrating the many ways that the psychotic is
inhabited, possessed by language', Lacan draws upon Schreber's own
account of his psychosis and upon Freud's notes on this 'case of
paranoia'. The analysis of language is both fascinating and
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