The Lacanian Review

#10 | 2020


The Lacanian Review #10

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The 10th volume of The Lacanian Review examines paranoia from the early formations of Jacques Lacan’s work to the contemporary pandemic politics of conspiracy. Paranoia is not only a clinical structure of psychosis cast in the folie a deux that ends in an orgy of blood, as Lacan recounts the infamous crime of the Papin Sisters, but also as the origin of the speaking being, following a new translation of a foundational lesson by Jacques-Alain Miller.



The previous volume of The Lacanian Review (TLR) examined a moment when a chasm opened in the big Other. If the consistency of the semblants, like Truth, were already threadbare, the pandemic ripped them apart. In 2020, we continue to witness what happens when one looks to the Other and sees a hole. Paranoia is ubiquitous.

Conspiracy runs all through the very fact of speaking. Nearly a decade ago, Jacques-Alain Miller wrote that “Every speaking being is the result of a conspiracy. It could be a natural conspiracy. Besides, as soon as we speak, isn’t it true that we are plotting.”

The 10th volume of The Lacanian Review takes us through paranoia step by step: paranoia as the origin of the speaking being, paranoia as the folie a deux that ends in an orgy of blood as Lacan recounts the infamous crime of the Papin Sisters. This story is old, but the structure is ever-present. It was the inspiration for the 2019 award-winning film, Parasite, that captured global attention. Language itself becomes an evil parasite because meaning is always subject to the invasion of Other words. Paranoia also has a central place in the surrealist debates during the first half of the 20th Century intersecting with psychoanalysis, and we present a manifesto on the “paranoid-critical method” by Salvador Dali. In this issue of TLR, the groups of the New Lacanian School give their take on the global phenomenon of paranoia today. Analysts of the School One offer testimony about their experience of different facets of paranoia in analysis. Paranoia, you will read, touches on psychosis, neurosis, narcissism, death, hatred, populism, violence, love, addictions, and right now especially, video games.


Marie-Hélène Brousse & Cyrus Saint Amand Poliakoff

The Mystery of the Papin Sisters and the Knot of Paranoia
Laura Sokolowsky, The Mystery of the Papin Sisters and the Knot of Paranoia

Jacques Lacan, Motifs du crime paranoïaque : le crime des soeurs Papin
Jacques Lacan, Motives of Paranoiac Crimes: The Crime of the Papin Sisters

The Clinic of Paranoia
Sophie Marret-Maleval, We’re All Mad, But Not Necessarily Paranoiacs
René Raggenbass, The Moment of the Act As Unpredictable
Dominique Rudaz, Paranoia as “Illness of the Non-Barred Other”

A Primary Relation to the Other
Pascale Fari, Paranorama
Jacques-Alain Miller: La paranoïa, rapport primaire à l’autre
Jacques-Alain Miller: Paranoia, A Primary Relation to the Other

Guided Paranoia
Sophie Gayard, Inaugural Knot
Lidia Ramírez, I is an other
Irene Kuperwajs, Aerate a Little the Delusion of Meaning
Anne Béraud, From the Paranoid Relation to the Inconsistency of the Other
Sandra Arruda Grostein, Case S: Fear as Mark of the Relationship with the Other
Alejandro Reinoso, The Un(bearable) Laughter of the Feminine and the Transference

The Daemon
Jacques-Alain Miller, Lacan’s Daemon

The Art of the Paranoid Method
Salvador Dalí, Conquest of the Irrational

Political Paranoia: Addiction and Conspiracy
Scott Wilson,QAnon and the Subject of Surveillance Capitalism
Rik Loose, The Politics of a Symptomatology: Paranoia and Addiction

Logic of Hatred
Raphaël Liogierand Frédéric C. Baitinger,The Paranoid Logic of Hatred

Ideas of Reference
Anna De Filippi,Among Us
Shirley Zisser, Controle as Testimony
Gary Genosko, Introduction to “The Family According to Mony Elkaïm”
Félix Guattari, The Family According to Mony Elkaïm

It’s Everywhere
The New Lacanian School, On Paranoia Today

Jacques Borie,When Death Alone is Desirable
Shlomo Lieber, Dreams in Times of Corona