Jacques-Alain Miller's Perversion
JOSEFINA A YERZA
The Uses of the Fantasm
The Weight of Words
Believe It or Not
Psychoanalysis and Literature
translated by JORGE JAUREGUI
Autism's weight of words corresponds [...] to a serious slowing down of language serial games and not to a state of the infans being a slowing down which may go as far as to seal itself in a deathly silence. The absolute Master, death, submits the serial to a law which organizes it, whereas seriousness ordains that there be no possible mistake about the Master; in this sense it does not deceive.
Apropos of autism, Lacan, in 1975, in a lecture on symptom (Cf. Bloc-notes Nº 5), says that if autists do not hear, it is because they are listening to themselves. It is necessary then to unblock their ears to what is said, but not to just anything. Let's remember Mélanie Klein instilling Dick with the dipal structure on the first meeting the child then spoke immediately. Yet to allow him to begin the serial games of incantation, to get him out of where he was nothing at all, out of that seriousness of death, he should still be welcomed, as much as instilled with a way of speech he may appropriate for himself. It is not enough to receive the grammatical structure in order to be at ease with words: Judgment on their weight is needed. Thus a mother responds to her daughter: there isn't a prettiest girl; it is the best way of investing her with the authority that will enable her to substitute other utterances.
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