Sophocles' play and to the clinic, and studies the
play "as a paradigm for clinical interventions." Glogowski concludes that Freud reached a "tragic proposition" through his understanding of Sophocles' work: "the subject is always finally a subject of a contradiction, to the extent that it is subject to death . . . [i.e., to] the discourse of the Other." Lacan offers an "essential theo retical elaboration" of this fundamental proposi tion, Glogowski says, because he shows how Oedipus Tvrannos "reveals the basic way in which a subject comes to be positioned" in a dialectic with the signifier. Thus through Lacan's work the tragic origin of psychoanalysis-the subject's relation to death-comes to be mapped on the topos of the signifier.