How has psychoanalysis developed in France in the years since Lacan so dramatically polarized the field?

In this book, Dana Birksted-Breen and Sara Flanders of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and Alain Gibeault of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society provide an overview of how French psychoanalysis has developed since Lacan. Focusing primarily on the work of psychoanalysts from the French Psychoanalytical Association and from the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, the two British psychoanalysts view the evolution of theory as it appears to them from the outside, while the French psychoanalyst explains and elaborates from inside the French psychoanalytic discourse. Seminal and representative papers have been chosen to illuminate what is special about French thinking. A substantial general introduction argues in favour of the specificity of 'French psychoanalysis', tracing its early influences and highlighting specific contemporary developments.

Sections are made up of introductory material by Alain Gibeault, followed by illustrative papers in the following categories:

  • the history of psychoanalysis in France
  • the pioneers and their legacy
  • the setting and the process of psychoanalysis
  • phantasy and representation
  • the body and the drives
  • masculine and feminine sexuality
  • psychosis.

An excellent introduction to French psychoanalytical debate, Reading French Psychoanalysis sheds a complementary light on thinking that has evolved differently in England and North America. It will be ideal reading for beginners and advanced students of clinical theory as well as experienced psychoanalysts wanting to know more about French Psychoanalytic theory, and how it has developed.

chapter |51 pages

General Introduction

ByDana Birksted-Breen, Sara Flanders

part I|33 pages

History of Psychoanalysis in France

chapter |6 pages


ByAlain Gibeault

chapter 1|13 pages

Some Distinctive Features of the History of Psychoanalysis in France

ByAlain de Mijolla

chapter 2|13 pages

What has Become of the Lines of Advance in Psychoanalysis?

The evolution of practices in France
ByDaniel Widlöcher

part II|48 pages

The Pioneers and their Legacy

chapter |9 pages


ByAlain Gibeault

chapter 4|10 pages

The Non-Verbal Relationship in Psycho-Analytic Treatment 1

BySacha Nacht

chapter 5|20 pages

Technical Variation and the Concept of Distance 1

ByMaurice Bouvet

part III|131 pages

The Setting and the Process of Psychoanalysis

chapter |19 pages


ByAlain Gibeault

chapter 6|18 pages

From the Fundamental Rule to the Analysing Situation 1

ByJean-Luc Donnet

chapter 8|11 pages

Narcissistic Aspects of the Analytic Situation

ByBela Grunberger

chapter 9|9 pages

The Uncanny, or 'I am Not who You Think I am'

ByMichel de M’Uzan

chapter 10|8 pages

The Role of the Countertransference

BySerge Viderman

chapter 11|15 pages

Countertransference and Psychoanalytic Thought

ByMichel Neyraut

chapter 12|18 pages

Transference: Its Provocation by the Analyst

ByJean Laplanche

chapter 13|15 pages

Speaking and Renouncing

ByJean-Claude Rolland

part IV|167 pages

Phantasy and Representation

chapter |18 pages


ByAlain Gibeault

chapter 14|24 pages

Object Relationships in Children

ByS. Lebovici

chapter 15|28 pages

Fantasy and the Origins of Sexuality 1

ByJean Laplanche, J.-B. Pontalis

chapter 16|17 pages

The Prelude to Fantasmatic Life

ByMichel Fain

chapter 17|12 pages

The Work of the Negative. Negative Hallucination

ByAndré Green

chapter 18|21 pages

Working as a Double 1

ByCésar Botella, Sára Botella

chapter 19|17 pages

The Illness of Mourning and the Fantasy of the Exquisite Corpse

ByMaria Torok

chapter 20|16 pages

Listening to the Telescoping of Generations

The psychoanalytic pertinence of the concept
ByHaydée Faimberg

chapter 21|13 pages

'Speech in Psychoanalysis'

From symbols to the flesh and back 1
ByJulia Kristeva

part V|118 pages

The Body and the Drives

chapter |13 pages


ByAlain Gibeault

chapter 22|10 pages

Operational Thinking 1

ByPierre Marty, Michel de M’Uzan

chapter 23|4 pages

Essential Depression 1

ByPierre Marty

chapter 24|14 pages

Psychosomatic Solution or Somatic Outcome

The man from Burma — psychotherapy of a case of haemorrhagic rectocolitis
ByMarilia Aisenstein

chapter 25|19 pages

Functions of the Skin Ego

ByDidier Anzieu

chapter 26|20 pages

The Death Drive

Meaning, objections, substitutes
ByAndré Green

chapter 27|12 pages

(Erotogenic) Masochism and the Pleasure Principle 1

ByBenno Rosenberg

chapter 28|15 pages

Sexualisation and Desexualisation in Psychoanalysis

ByRené Roussillon

chapter 29|10 pages

The Croatian Cravat

The narcissism of small differences and the process of civilisation
ByGilbert Diatkine

part VI|129 pages

Masculine and Feminine Sexuality

chapter |9 pages


ByAlain Gibeault

chapter 30|38 pages

Feminine Guilt and the Oedipus Complex

ByJanine Chasseguet-Smirgel

chapter 31|22 pages

Poor Men — Or why Men are Afraid of Women

ByJean Cournut

chapter 32|18 pages

32 The Feminine and Femininity

ByMonique Cournut-Janin

chapter 33|8 pages

Primary Homosexuality

A foundation of contradictions
ByPaul Denis

chapter 34|19 pages

The Beautiful Differences

ByChristian David

chapter 35|14 pages

Plea for a Measure of Abnormality

ByJoyce McDougall

part VII|82 pages


chapter |10 pages


ByAlain Gibeault

chapter 36|12 pages

The Shield of Perseus or Psychosis and Reality

ByFrancis Pasche

chapter 37|18 pages

The Fetishistic Object Relationship

Some observations
ByEvelyne Kestemberg

chapter 38|14 pages

Suffering and Surviving in Paradoxes

ByPaul-Claude Racamier

chapter 39|14 pages

Retreat Into Hallucination

An equivalent of the autistic retreat?
ByPiera Aulagnier

chapter 40|13 pages

Schizophrenia and Soul Murder

Psychoanalytic psychodrama with 'John', the man 'saddled with that/the id'
ByAlain Gibeault