This new collection of essays by distinguished international scholars and clinicians will revolutionize your understanding of madness. Essential for those on both sides of the couch eager to make sense of the plethora of theories about madness available today, Lacan on Madness: Madness, Yes You Can’t provides compelling and original perspectives following the work of Jacques Lacan.

Patricia Gherovici and Manya Steinkoler suggest new ways of working with phenomena often considered impermeable to clinical intervention or discarded as meaningless. This book offers a fresh view on a wide variety of manifestations and presentations of madness, featuring clinical case studies, new theoretical developments in psychosis, and critical appraisal of artistic expressions of insanity.

Lacan on Madness uncovers the logics of insanity while opening new possibilities of treatment and cure. Intervening in current debates about normalcy and pathology, causation and prognosis, the authors propose effective modalities of treatment, and challenge popular ideas of what constitutes a cure offering a reassessment of the positive and creative potential of madness. Gherovici and Steinkoler’s book makes Lacanian ideas accessible by showing how they are both clinically and critically useful. It is invaluable reading for psychoanalysts, clinicians, academics, graduate students, and lay persons.

chapter |16 pages


ByPatricia Gherovici, Manya Steinkoler

part 1|66 pages

Madness Manifest

chapter 1|14 pages

The Case Of The Baby Diaper Man 1

ByRolf Flor

chapter 2|14 pages

Ilse Or The Law Of The Mother 1

ByGeneviève Morel

chapter 3|9 pages

From Psychotic Illness To Psychotic Existence

On re-inventing the institution
ByGuy Dana

chapter 4|12 pages

On The Suicide Bomber

Anatomy of a political fantasy
ByRichard Boothby

chapter 5|15 pages

Today'S Madness Does Not Make Sense

ByPaul Verhaeghe

part 2|120 pages

The Method In Madness

chapter 6|14 pages

“You Cannot Choose To Go Crazy”

ByNestor Braunstein

chapter 7|13 pages

Treatment Of The Psychoses And Contemporary Psychoanalysis

ByJean-Claude Maleval

chapter 8|15 pages

Psychotic Transference

ByJean Allouch

chapter 9|12 pages

The Specificity of Manic-Depressive Psychosis

ByDarian Leader

chapter 10|20 pages

Melancholia And The Unabandoned Object

ByRussell Grigg

chapter 11|14 pages

Madness, Subjectivity, And The Mirror Stage

Lacan and Merleau-Ponty
ByJasper Feyaerts, Stijn Vanheule

chapter 12|14 pages

Narcissistic Neurosis And Non-Sexual Trauma

ByHector Yankelevich

chapter 13|16 pages

She's Raving Mad

The hysteric, the woman, and the psychoanalyst 1
ByClaude-Noële Pickmann

part 3|65 pages

Madness And Creation

chapter 14|14 pages

The Open Ego

Woolf, Joyce and the “mad” subject
ByJuliet Flower MacCannell

chapter 16|11 pages

Spell It Wrong To Read It Right

Crashaw, psychosis, and Baroque poetics
ByStephen W. Whitworth

chapter 17|9 pages

Madness Or Mimesis

Narrative impasse in the novels of Samuel Beckett
ByOlga Cox Cameron

chapter 18|14 pages

Reading Mayhem

Schizophrenic writing and the engine of madness
ByManya Steinkoler