Envisioning the Time of Testimony: The Analyst as the Other Witness

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Abstract

This essay interrogates the relation between psychoanalysis, detection and testimony, arguing that psychoanalysis can help us envision the time of testimony as the time of creative repetition – what will be called, following Jacques Lacan, remembrance in the future anterior – only after it critically engages its own relationship to the trial and the model of juridical witnessing to which all witnessing is often assimilated. The essay also shows that such a possibility for memory exceeds the private sphere of psychoanalysis and can fully inhabit the social and aesthetic domain of film.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-150
JournalPsychoanalysis, Culture & Society
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005

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