Departures: The American future of psychoanalysis

Martin McQuillan*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review


Taking Derrida's essay "Psychoanalysis Searches the States of Its Soul: the Impossible Beyond of a Sovereign Cruelty" as my point of departure I would like to discuss three exemplary moments in the performative history of psychoanalysis in America: Freud's 1909 "Introductory Lectures to Psychoanalysis" at Clark University, Lacan's visit to the Yale School in 1975, and Derrida's fictionalization of his travel to America in the "Envois" section of The Post Card. Throughout, I would like to keep at the forefront of our minds the question of cruelty and the unique and unusual place that cruelty plays in both American culture and the history of psychoanalysis in America.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-157
Number of pages16
JournalSouthern Journal of Philosophy
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013


Dive into the research topics of 'Departures: The American future of psychoanalysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this