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It is somewhat foolish no doubt to imagine one can circumscribe the extent of Derrida’s engagement in writing with psychoanalysis, or with the work of Freud or Lacan or other psychoanalytic thinkers, such as Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok. While numerous texts might suggest themselves right away as obviously belonging to the classification, there would remain the irradiating effects across an entire oeuvre of what Derrida calls, in his first published essay on Freud, la percée or la trouée freudienne, the “Freudian breakthrough” …

Peggy Kamuf, “The Deconstitution of Psychoanalysis,” in To Follow: In the Wake of Jacques Derrida, University of Edinburgh Press, 2010, p. 178.


English Translations of Works by Derrida on Psychoanalysis

1978 (1967). “Freud and the Scene of Writing.” Writing and Difference. Trans. Alan Bass. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 196-231.

1986 (1976). “Fors: The Anglish Words of Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok,” The Wolf Man’s Magic Word: A Cryptonomy, Trans. Nicholas Rand. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press, pp. xi-xlviii.

1978. “Coming Into One’s Own .” Psychoanalysis and the Question of the Text. Ed. Geoffrey Hartman. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 114-148.

2015 (1986).  “Beyond the Power Principle,” The Undecidable Unconscious: A Journal of Deconstruction and Psychoanaysis, Trans. Elizabeth Rottenberg.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Volume 2, pp. 7-17.

1987 (1980). The Post Card: From Socrates to Freud and Beyond. Trans. Alan Bass. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

—– §2. “To Speculate–on ‘Freud’,” pp. 257-410.
—– §3. “Le facteur de la vérité,” pp. 411-496.
—– §4. “‘Du tout,” pp. 497-521.

2007 (1987). Psyche: Inventions of the Other. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

—– §5. (1980). “Envoi,” Trans. Peter and Mary Ann Caws, pp. 94-128.
—– §6. (1979). “Me–Psychoanalysis,” Trans. Richard Klein, pp. 129-142.
—– §9. (1981). “‘Telepathy,” Trans. Nicholas Royle, pp. 226-261.
—– §13. (1981). “‘Geopsychoanalysis ‘and the rest of the world,” Trans. Peggy Kamuf, pp. 318-343.
—– §14. (1982) “‘My Chances/Mes chances: A Rendezvous with Some Epicurean Stereophonies.” Trans. Irene Harvey and Avital Ronell, pp. 344-376.

1990. “Let Us Not Forget–Psychoanalysis.” The Oxford Literary Review. 12: 1-2, pp. 3-7.

1994. “‘To Do Justice to Freud’: The History of Madness in the Age of Psychoanalysis.” Trans. Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Naas.  Critical Inquiry, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Winter, 1994), pp. 227-266.  The University of Chicago Press.

1998 (1996). Resistances of Psychoanalysis. Trans. Peggy Kamuf, Pascale-Anne Brault, and Michael Naas. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

—– §1. “‘Resistances,” pp. 1-38.
—– §2. “For the Love of Lacan,” pp. 39-69.  (Also found online at the website of the Journal of European Psychoanalysis, here.)
—– §3. “‘To Do Justice to Freud’: The History of Madness in the Age of Psychoanalysis,” pp. 70-118.

1996 (1995). Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression.  Trans. Eric Prenowitz.  University of Chicago Press.

2002 (2000).  “Psychoanalysis Searches the States of Its Soul.”  Without Alibi.  Stanford University Press, pp. 238-280.

2004 (2001).  “In Praise of Psychoanalysis.”  For What Tomorrow … A Dialogue.  With Elizabeth Roudinesco.  Trans. Jeff Fort.  Stanford University Press, pp. 166-196.

2008 (1997) “And Say the Animal Responded?”  The Animal That Therefore I am.  Ed. Marie-Louise Mallet.  Trans. David Wills.  Fordham University Press.

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Passages on Psychoanalysis in Other Works by Derrida

Of Grammatology, p. 35 [21].

Speech and Phenomena, 71 [63]; cf. GR 98 [67].

Dissemination, “Plato’s Pharmacy,” pp 220-221.

Glas , pp. 42-47 left; 166-168 left; 206-211 left; 223-224 left; 226-229 right.

Specters of Marx, pp. 10-40; 133; 140-141; 166-176; notes 35 and 38.

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Works on Psychoanalysis by Derrida Not Yet Translated Into English

1971-1972 Seminar, “La psychanalyse dans le texte.”

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Works on Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis by Others.

Anders, Eric.  (2007).  “Difference and Psychoanalysis: Alan Bass’s Generalization of Fetishism.”  Journal of European Psychoanalysis. N. 24, Volume 1, pp. 165-189.  Found online here.

Bass, Alan:

——-  (1984).  “The Double Game: An Introduction.”  Taking Chances: Derrida, Psychoanalysis and Literature, Ed. J. H. Smith and W. Kerrigan, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 66-85.

——-  (1990).  “Fetishism, Reality, and the Snow Man.”  American Imago, 48, 3, pp. 295-328.

——-  (1993).  “Psychopathology, Metaphysics.” American Imago, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 197-225.

——-  (1996).  “Review of Barnaby Barratt, Psychoanalysis and the Postmodern Impulse.”  The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 65(3), pp. 629- 635.

——-  (2000). Difference and Disavowal: The Trauma of Eros.  Stanford: Stanford University Press.

——-  (2006). Interpretation and Difference: The Strangeness of Care.  Stanford: Stanford University Press.

——-  (2007). “The Mystery of Sex and the Mystery of Time: An Integration of Some Psychoanalytic and Philosophical Perspectives.”  Postmodern Culture.  Volume 18, Number 1, September 2007.  Found online here.

——-  (2011). “Interview with Alan Bass.”  Interviewed by Jarred Russell for the website of the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies.  Found online here.

Bennington, Geoffrey:

——-  (2000).  “Circanalysis (The Thing Itself).”  Interrupting Derrida.  London, New York: Routledge, pp. 93-109.

——- (Forthcoming).  “The Psychoanalytic Difference.”

Clough, Patricia.  (2000).  Auto Affection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Ellmann, Maud.  (2000).  “Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis.”  In Deconstructions: A User’s Guide.  Edited by Nicholas Royle.  Hampshire and New York: Palgrave.

Johnson, Barbara.  (1977).  “The Frame of Reference: Poe, Lacan, Derrida.”  Yale French Studies.  55-56:457-505.

Kamuf, Peggy. (2010).  “The Deconstitution of Psychoanalysis.” In To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Martinez Ruiz, Rosaura. (2011). “The Alterability of the Memory Trace.” The Psychoanalytic Review, 98:531-555.

Major, René. (2001).  “Derrida and psychoanalysis: desitantial psychoanalysis.” In Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: A Critical Reader, Ed. Tom Cohen.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 296-314.

Melville, Stephen.  (1986).  Philosophy Beside Itself: On Deconstruction and Modernism.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Rottenberg, Elizabeth:

——-  (2012).  ”Cruelty and Its Vicissitudes: Jacques Derrida and the Future of Psychoanalysis.”  Southern Journal of Philosophy, N. S1, Volume 50, pp. 143-159.

——-  (Forthcoming). “For the Love of Psychoanalysis.”

Royle, Nicholas:

——-  (1995).  After Derrida.  Manchester: Manchester University Press.

——-  (2003).  The Uncanny.  Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Russell, Jared.  (2003).  “Difference and Psychic Space.”  American Imago, 60:501-528.

Schwab, Gabriele.  (2008).  “Derrida, the Parched Woman, and the Son of Man.” Discourse, Volume 30, Numbers 1 & 2, Winter & Spring, pp. 226-241.

Schwab, Gabriele, Editor. (2007).  Derrida, Deleuze, Psychoanalysis.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Trumbull, Robert.  (2012).  “Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis: ‘A Problematic Proximity.'” Derrida Today. Volume 5, Page 69-91.

Weber, Samuel:

——-  (2000/1982).  The Legend of Freud (Expanded Edition).  Stanford University Press.

——-  (1984).  “The Debts of Deconstruction and Other, Related Assumptions.”  Taking Chances: Derrida, Psychoanalysis and Literature, Ed. J. H. Smith and W. Kerrigan, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 33-65.

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Works on Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis by Others Not Yet Translated Into English.

Martínez-Ruiz, Rosaura. (2013). Freud y Derrida: escritura y psique. Mexico: Siglo XXI.


Other Suggested Reading

Derrida, Jacques. (1982/1972). “Differance.” In Margins–Of Philosophy.  Trans. Alan Bass.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Freud: “Fetishism” in S.E. 21; “Psychoanalysis and Telepathy” and “Dreams and Telepathy” in S.E. 18; Moses and Monotheism, S.E. 22.; Terminable and Interminable; Beyond the Pleasure Principle (S.E. Vol. 18); Project for a Scientific Psychology, pp. 295-312; ; The Interpretation of Dreams, pp. 96-104; 610-611 (S.E. Vols. 4-5); “A Note on the Mystic Writing Pad,” (S.E. Vol. 19).

Hägglund, Martin. (2008).  Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life.  Stanford University Press.

Hartman, Geoffrey, Ed.  (1978).  Psychoanalysis and the Question of the Text.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978.

Heidegger, Nietzsche, Vol. IV (D.F. Krell, ed., Harper and Row), pp. 122-158; pp. 206-235.

Lacan :”The Signification of the Phallus” and “Seminar on ʻThe Purloined Letterʼ in Ecrits.

Marder, Elissa.  (2012).  The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction.  New York: Fordham University Press.

Muller, John P., and William R. Richardson.  (1988).  The Purloined Poe: Lacan, Derrida, and Psychoanalytic Reading.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Nancy, Jean-Luc, and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. (1992/1973).  The Title of the Letter: A Reading of Lacan.  Trans. François Raffoul and David Pettigrew.  Albany: State University of New York Press.

Nietzsche, The Will to Power (W. Kaufmann, trans., Vintage) pp. 8-77.

Smith, Joseph H., and William Kerrigan.  (1984).  Taking Chances: Derrida, Psychoanalysis and Literature, Ed. J. H. Smith and W. Kerrigan, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Weber, Samuel.  (1991).  Return to Freud: Jacques Lacan’s Dislocation of Psychoanalysis.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Yerushalmi: Freudʼs Moses: Judaism.

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