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The Psychoanalysis of SenseDeleuze and the Lacanian School$
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Guillaume Collett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474409025

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409025.001.0001

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The Body of the Letter: From Name-of-the-Father to Re-père

The Body of the Letter: From Name-of-the-Father to Re-père

(p.7) 1 The Body of the Letter: From Name-of-the-Father to Re-père
The Psychoanalysis of Sense

Guillaume Collett

Edinburgh University Press

Freud considers the Oedipus complex – the classical narrative of the boy’s desire to sleep with his mother and to kill his father – to constitute the ‘peak of infantile sexuality’.1 For Freud, in the Oedipus complex the boy develops an attachment or ‘object-cathexis for his mother’,2 originally related to her breast. The boy deals with the father by ‘identifying himself with him’, and while for a time these two relationships (boy–mother, boy–father) ‘proceed side by side’, the ‘intensification’ of the boy’s ‘sexual wishes’ in regard to his mother portrays the father as an obstacle and it is, for Freud, from this that the Oedipus complex originates.3 Despite emphasising the heterosexual nature of the complex (boy–mother), Freud sees the erogenous zones as ‘subordinated to the primacy of the genital zone’4 only after puberty.

Keywords:   The Logic of Sense, Oedipus, Freud, Lacan, Deleuze, Sense-event, The Body, Immanence, Psychanalysis

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