Dora's Gift; Or, Lacan's Homage to Dora
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From what he saw as Freud's masterful inversion of the presenting query (i.e., Freud's effectively turning the tables against Dora), Lacan developed a series of three dialectical reversals or moments. The first is the one just mentioned: Freud sent Dora back to her unexamined function in the "quadrille" linking her to Mr. K , Mrs. K , and her father-an eye-opening moment of disclosure that allowed her to become aware of her objective collusion in the little drama. The second moment of reversal is when Freud asked Dora to be aware that her jealousy over her father's love for Mrs. K concealed something else. The third moment is when Dora's fascination for Mrs. K was revealed for what it was-a concealment of the pure mystery of femininity (Lacan, 1952, pp. 95-97). As the earlier text is relatively easy to read and poses few problems, I do not deal with it at length here but instead engage with a passage Lacan devoted to Dora in his seminar on object relations. I also focus on this passage because there is no authorized English translation available.