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Guegan, J.H. (2014). L'Annuel De L'APF 2012: Le Fil D'Oedipe [APF Annual 2012: The Thread of Oedipus] PUF, Paris, 2012; 216 pp; €21.50. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 95(3):601-605.

(2014). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 95(3):601-605

L'Annuel De L'APF 2012: Le Fil D'Oedipe [APF Annual 2012: The Thread of Oedipus] PUF, Paris, 2012; 216 pp; €21.50

Review by:
Jean H. Guegan

The 2012 APF Annual is the 6th volume of this publication which brings together each year papers presented within the framework of the activities of the French Psychoanalytic Association (APF). Under the title, Le fil d'Oedipe [The Thread of Oedipus], texts are published that were presented during the bi-annual scientific days in June and December 2010, whose themes were ‘Playing’ and ‘Beyond the Oedipus complex’, or written contributions that are concerned with closely related themes. Moreover, as the cover indicates, this time the volume is divided into two clearly distinct parts, ‘The Thread of Oedipus’ and a ‘Research Dossier on the History of Training and Teaching’ at an international level since the birth of the IPA to the present day.

Following the thread of Oedipus, as Dominique Suchet points out in the introduction to his paper, Opposition to the decline of the Oedipus complex, is a path that begins with the very first psychoanalytic writings. The new translation of Freud's works under the scientific direction of Jean Laplanche, with his precise indications concerning the different re-editions, shows us how Freud tried to conciliate both the process of the dissolution of the Oedipus complex and the persistence throughout life of the constant pressure of infantile drive forces.

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