Further, I am attempting to borrow the general methodological aura of Freud’s strategy toward the sentence* he construed as a sentence out of the many similar substantive accounts his patients gave him. This does not mean I will offer a case of transference-in-analysis as an isomorphic model for the transaction between reader and text (my sentence**). The analogy between transference and literary criticism or historiography is no more than a productive catachresis. To say that the subject is a text does not authorize the converse pronouncement: the verbal text is a subject.

De plus, je tente d’emprunter l’aura méthodologique générale de la stratégie de Freud à l’égard de la phrase* qu’il a construite en tant que phrase, tirée des nombreux récits substantiels similaires que ses patients lui ont faits. Ceci ne veut pas dire que je proposerai un cas de transfert en analyse comme modèle isomorphique de la transaction entre le lecteur et le texte (ma phrase**). L’analogie entre transfert et critique littéraire ou historiographie n’est rien d’autre qu’une catachrèse productive. Dire que le sujet est un texte n’autorise pas l’affirmation contraire: le texte verbal est un sujet.

* Spivak refers here to the well known sentence “A child is being beaten”, which Freud used as title for one of his major artile in 1919

** Spivak’s sentence is : “White men are saving brown women from brown men”

Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakLes Subalternes peuvent-elles parler ?Editions Amsterdam, Paris, 2020, p.92

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