Autodidact: self-taught


Papin Sisters

by V. L. Craven

Papin Sisters

Oxford Studies in Modern European Culture: The Papin Sisters By Rachel Edwards and Keith Reader
-01- Their real death, however, took place in those final years during which they had lived separately, torn apart.
-02- The spirit of the times in which they live has not so much as touched them.
-03- Society has no desire to become a clinical experiment in which victims serve simply to illuminate the psychology of their murderers.
-04- The Papins’ was the pain of being two where some mysterious unity had been originally intended.
-05- There’s no hurry, she tells herself, but over there a storm is gathering. –Lacan
-06- If Aimee had attacked the actress who, for Lacan, incarnated her ideal self, the Papins had massacred Mme and Mlle Lancelin for a similar reason. The real motive for the crime was not class hatred, but the paranoiac structure through which the murderers struck down the ideal master they carried within themselves.
-07- The mirror-phase makes it possible to stress the love each one of us has for his or her image, the passion we entertain for our beloved self/ego.
-08- It seems that the sisters could not even distance themselves sufficiently from each other to bruise each other. Real Siamese souls, they form a world forever closed in on itself. –Lacan
-09- To the doubling—from that day on narcissistically self-sufficient.
-10- Dupre’s hypothesis does suggest an explanation for the perceived resemblance between Mme Lancelin and Clemence—a delire d’interpretation based on behaviour rather than appearance, ‘sur l’appui d’un trait [on the basis of action] as Dupre has put it. The unnerving smoothness of the break with the real mother would then ne accounted for by the (unconscious) fluency with which the sisters were able to promote Mme Lancelin to her place.
-11- ‘a letter always reaches its destination.’ ‘Lettre’ here is to be understood as any act of linguistic communication, which for Lacan always involves the unconscious and thus can never be innocent or straighforward.
-12-‘the sender… receives from the receiver his own message in inverted form.’
-13- …the Sartrean view that human beings existed and were constituted only in or through their relations with others.
-14- their crime is seen as an assertion of unity rather than, as for Lacan and Dupre, a desperate attempt to break free from it.
-15- One of the contradictions was that we denied the existence of the unconscious; however, Gide, the surrealists and, despite our resistance, Freud himself, convinced us that there exists in every being “an unbreakable kernel of darkness”: something which succeeds in piercing neither social routine nor the commonplaces of language but which sometimes explodes scandalously. In these explosions a fundamental truth is always revealed, and we were overwhelmed by those which set liberty free.
-16- ‘What interested Genet is not how society distributes predicaments but rather how it assigns identities.’ –Leo Bersani

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