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Jennifer Yusin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275458

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275458.001.0001

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The Eventality of Trauma

The Eventality of Trauma

(p.41) Chapter 2 The Eventality of Trauma
The Future Life of Trauma

Jennifer Yusin

Fordham University Press

The relation between chance and necessity in the psychic event introduced in the previous chapter is brought to the fore through a sustained confrontation with the Freudian and Lacanian notions of destruction, challenging the idea of trauma as that which always already happens. The development a new psychoanalytic conception of time in the chapter exposes the vulnerability inherent within the structure of destruction, conceived in both Freud and Lacan as the repetition of a more originary trauma and thus as a fundamental law of psychical life. Concentrating on the status of contingency in the dream and the Lacanian formulation of trauma as a missed encounter, this chapter presents the eventality of trauma as a material reality that reveals transformation as the dynamic movement immanent to the real.

Keywords:   death, dream, Freud, Lacan, psyche, temporality

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