lucie cantin is a psychoanalyst, supervising analyst, and codirector of training at gifric (Groupe interdisciplinaire freudien de recherches et d’interventions cliniques). Since its founding in 1982, she has been the assistant director of The 388, the Psychoanalytic Treatment Center for Young Adult Psychotics. She is responsible for publication and training at the Center for Research and Training of gifric, editor of the review Savoir: Journal of Psychoanalysis and Cultural Analysis, and vice-president of gifric. The author, with Willy Apollon and Danielle Bergeron, of Traiter la psychose (gifric) and After Lacan: Clinical Practice and the Subject of the Unconscious (State University of New York Press, 2002), she has also published numerous essays on the psychoanalytic treatment of psychosis, the clinic of neurosis, mysticism, femininity, masculinity, and perversion.
From the moment Freud first came up against repetition and the resistance of the symptom in his clinical practice and was thus forced to acknowledge a beyond of the pleasure principle that acts within the subject, the unconscious could no longer be conceived as a site of representations that are repressed because they are forbidden or inadmissible in the cultural or social sphere. This essay explores the manifestations and the consequences of this act in the clinical practice and in the domain of aesthetics, arguing that the act is not merely the source of the subject’s troubles but the manifestation of an unconscious quest by which we recognize desire.