chapter  6
The object meaning raised to the dignity of the Thing
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In beginning this final chapter we might perceive the import to Leopold Bloom of concluding, which – in the catechistic penultimate episode of Ulysses, Ithaca – is intimated in the precautionary proviso: ‘To conclude lest he should not conclude’.1 This risk of not concluding is of course that which we court when discussing Joyce’s work – most particularly Finnegans Wake – but it also proves true that it is nigh on impossible to find the moment to conclude with either Joyce or Lacan (and thus this work will come to its end in the extensions into other thinkers’ works and theories that these two creative forces pave ways for). Exegeses, as we have seen, can expand exponentially with Joyce, and whilst his texts necessitate these, they are not the primary concern of this work; however, we may draw recourse once again to Figure 3.1, which we modify here, to demonstrate this very varity involved in the sinthomic side of Joyce’s writing in the Wake; that is, its unhookability, which ensures that as soon as we hit upon something in the Wake, we simultaneously fall away from it, that these are in fact the same Möbian processes:

Whilst this is the case in relation to the sinthomic side of Joyce’s writing, when we bring it in relation to the symptomal side, we of course see the fixities and fixations of its language’s repetitions. It is between these positions of enverity that we might now broach a psychoanalytic examination of neurosis and psychosis in relation to Lacan’s ruminations on Joyce’s work, and on the sinthome, made in Seminar XXIII. In this respect, Véronique Voruz and Bogdan Wolf claim in their introduction to The Later Lacan that

the analytic process is different according to the structure of the patient. [. . .] While the neurotic subject needs to be disalienated from the signifier, the psychotic subject must find ways to treat his jouissance with the signifier. In short, the differential direction of the treatment is as follows: from the symbolic to the real of the symptom in neurosis, and from the real to the symbolic in psychosis.2