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Jacques the SophistLacan, Logos, and Psychoanalysis$
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Barbara Cassin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823285754

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823285754.001.0001

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The Drowning of a Fish

The Drowning of a Fish

Chapter:
(p.127) Epilogue The Drowning of a Fish
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Jacques the Sophist
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Barbara Cassin

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823285754.003.0007

The epilogue, bookending what Cassin has termed a “philosophical novella,” is a moving confessional narrative about her first paid job while still a doctoral student, as a tutor teaching Greek topsychotic adolescents in the Etienne Marcel day hospital in Paris. This narrative, while set apart, is also woven into the fabric of the rest of the text, bringing together Lacanian motifs, Greek myths, and a playful attention to the Greek language, as well as her own experiences of helping her profoundly troubled young charges to gain access to their “mother tongue.”It narrates a tragic episode with a particularly troubled young man during a camping trip in the woods.

Keywords:   Greek language, mother tongue, psychoanalysis, psychotic

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