chapter  11
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In the Wake of Medea: A Case of Obsession from a Lacanian Perspective

It is never easy to know where to begin in preparing a case history, but every now and then a pivotal event in someone’s life can be discerned that retroactively organizes and reorganizes much of what came before and leaves its indelible mark on much of what comes after. In the present case, a pivotal event of this kind was very prominent and it took the form of a murder: a mother’s strangulation of her child.