Beckett, Lacan and the Mathematical Writing of the Real

Beckett, Lacan and the Mathematical Writing of the Real proposes writing as a mathematical and logical operation to build a bridge between Lacanian psychoanalysis and Samuel Beckett’s prose works. Arka Chattopadhyay studies aspects such as the fundamental operational logic of a text, use of mathematical forms like geometry and arithmetic, the human obsession with counting, the moving body as an act of writing and love, and sexuality as a challenge to the limits of what can be written through logic and mathematics. Chattopadhyay reads Beckett’s prose works, including How It Is, Company, Worstward Ho, Malone Dies and Enough to highlight this terminal writing, which halts endless meanings with the material body of the word and gives Beckett a medium to inscribe what cannot be written otherwise.

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The Hamish Canham (Applied) Prize – Free Prizegiving Presentation and Discussion

The free public event will take place in the 5th floor lecture theatre of The Tavistock Centre, London, on 13 December 2017. This year’s winner is Maryam Ghasemi, a former student of the Tavistock and Portman’s ‘Psychoanalytic Studies’ masters course. Her paper is titled, ‘Rockaby: Eros and Thanatos’, and is a psychoanalytic reading of the short play by Samuel Beckett.

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