at the age of 16, Dora is left aone by a lake with Herr K., who begins a proposal which includes the words translated by Strachey as ‘I get nothing from my wife’. At this point, Dora slaps him and leaves. It is from this moment onwards that she becomes adamant that all relations with the Ks should stop. We clearly have the triggering factor of Dora’s rebellion and resentment against her father, a resentment which leads him to seek Freud’s help.


— Veronique Voruz

61-64 6:18:01


when Herr K. declares his passionate affection there ensues a fall of identification for Dora, which gives rise to a subsequent anguish. This anguish is ‘dealt with’ through a passage to the act, followed by a regression to the stage of a demand for pure love addressed to her father, a demand no longer mediated by the metonymy of desire.


— Veronique Voruz

83-87 6:20:06


when the father is simply the addressee of the demand for love, then the hysterical subject is identified with the father. We can thus imagine that following the scene by the lake, Dora reverts to an identification with her father, short-circuiting a desire which only came into the equation through the mediating function of the other woman. Dora then starts to behave as if her father had wronged her, and requires reparation, giving us a perfect example of feminine ressentiment.


— Veronique Voruz

91-93 6:21:13


Lacan defines acting out as the monstration of an object, and passage to the act as an attempt to restore the subject who has been barred by the presence of an object.


— Veronique Voruz

112-115 6:24:42


Herr K.’s declaration produces a fall of identification in Dora, resulting in an upsurge of anguish. She resolves this anguish by slapping Herr K., the passage to the act, regresses to an anterior identification with her father, and subsequently demands absolute love.


— Veronique Voruz

133-135 6:26:48


Thus the hysteric identifies with the object of desire of the Other of love, and hence is stuck in the position of the object, a position through which she can obtain a sense of being since it is the support of her central identification


— Veronique Voruz

136-139 6:28:06


Dora’s identification with her father is not an imaginary identification but an identification with his desire. This is why we can say that Dora’s object of deire is Frau K., in as much as she desires what is beyond demand. But what she truly needs to be able to desire is to be the object of desire of the Other of love ­­-classically the father-


— Veronique Voruz

139-144 6:28:57


her father is impotent. She can delude herself into believing that his attachment for Frau K. is sustained by a pure desire beyond demand and sexual satisfaction. She thus identifies with this woman, object of pure desire of her father, and she does so by identifying with Herr K., not just anybody but a man who, in her mind, also desires this object of pure desire, his wife. By identifying with Herr K., at the level of the imaginary, she can also desire Frau K. while also seeing herself as being desired in the same way that Frau K. is by her father.


— Veronique Voruz

148-149 6:29:35


She is no longer a special, precious object of love and pure desire, but merely a woman amongst others, equal to others, and thus in the field of sexuality.


— Veronique Voruz

151-152 6:30:07


why is her reaction anguish, not anger or fear?


154-156 6:33:50


the fantasy is the support of desire, as Lacan tells us in Seminar X (16 January 1963). If the fantasy collapses, so does desire. When desire collapses, the object becomes present, the object of the Other’s demand, which indicates the certainty of jouissance.


— Veronique Voruz


desire is a defence against jouissance, in that it introduces a significant distance between the subject and the object.
— Veronique Voruz

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