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Chervet, E. (2016). Vies amoureuses [Love Lives] Libres Cahiers pour la Psychanalyse No. 25, Spring 2012 In Press, Paris, 2012; 210 pp; €20. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(4):1213-1217.

(2016). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 97(4):1213-1217

Vies amoureuses [Love Lives] Libres Cahiers pour la Psychanalyse No. 25, Spring 2012 In Press, Paris, 2012; 210 pp; €20

Review by:
Emmanuelle Chervet

Twice a year, the journal Libres cahiers pour la psychanalyse takes a text by Freud for debate and gathers theoretical, clinical and culturally related papers on the subject. The issue, Vies amoureuses, is inspired by the Contributions to the Psychology of Love, published in 1910 (A special type of object choice made by men [Freud, 1910a]), 1912 (On the universal tendency to debasement in the sphere of love [Freud, 1912]) and 1918 (The taboo of virginity [Freud, 1918]), which were published together in French with some other texts in a volume entitled La vie sexuelle. This is a weighty issue that, I think, is representative of this journal's balance between highquality cultural references, precise clinical writings and rigorous theoretical research.

The volume opens on a spirited note, with a text by Jean-Christophe Cavallin, a professor of literature, a variation on The taboo of virginity that presides over “the opening” of reading a text, for which the paradigm is Mallarme's sonnet, Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd'hui [The virgin, vigorous and beautiful today]. Cavallin explains that for Mallarmé poetry is a speech that strives for virginity so as to escape the ‘commerce’ of language, criticized as factual, but above all carnal. “Entering” a text is a desecration that is mitigated by an author's formulation of his intentions. I cannot do justice here to the brilliant explanation of the literary text that he gives us - it has to be read - although the conclusion about identification as a way of not being the first to stake your life, which is easily understood in the literary register, does not transfer well to the psychoanalytic level.

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