Posted by backseatdriver on June 15, 2009, at 8:28:22
In reply to Re: Lacan » alexandra_k, posted by Sigismund on June 14, 2009, at 15:51:59
I've found this useful
Bruce Fink, "A Clinical Introduction to Lacanian Psychoanalysis" (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1997).
It is available in paperback but I'd try the library first. It doesn't treat art directly but it is a useful introduction to Lacanian techniques. The variable-length session is just one of them. In Lacan's defense (but only just), it was used in cases where the analysand came overprepared to session. The analyst used the technique to force the analysand to stop intellectualizing and get to the emotional heart of the matter. Which, in these cases, tends to be a sort of obsessional anxiety or maybe rivalry with the therapist. The Lacanian approach is the most intellectual one I know of. Really abstract stuff. But fun, if you are willing to be a little confused for a while. Anyway, my 2 cents.