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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

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

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823275458.003.0003

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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