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Jean Reboul (1936–)

A practicing gynaecologist and psychoanalyst, Jean Reboul has devoted the bulk of his professional career to a practical and theoretical engagement with the matters of infertility and abortion. Having received a doctorate in biology, as well as in medicine, Reboul became the head of the clinic a the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montpellier in 1976; his publications also reflect the diversity of his training. Reboul contributed to volume seven of the Cahiers pour l’Analyse a Lacanian reading of Honoré de Balzac’s ‘Sarrasine’ (1830), which focuses on the experience of real castration as at once a support for, and a reminder of, a more primordial symbolic lack in the structured field of desire.

In the Cahiers pour l’Analyse

Jean Reboul, ‘Sarrasine ou la castration personnifiée’, CpA 7.5 [HTML] [PDF] [SYN]

Select bibliography

  • La Femme, le médecin et la stérilité. Paris: Lesot, 1976.
  • Le Médecin devant la demande d’avortement: le médecin, la loi et le désir de la femme et du couple. Toulouse: Privat, 1978.
  • Le Désir, la mère, l’enfant. Toulouse: Privat, 1986.
  • L’impossible enfant: entre corps et parole. Paris: Desclée de Brouwer, 1993.
  • Lettres à une jeune fille: le désir et l’amour. Paris: Desclèe de Brouwer, 1999.
  • Les quatre saisons d’une femme. Montpellier: Sauramps, 2008.