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Handling lack through the other gives rise to identiﬁcation, which inscribes itself as a cut into the fantasm. In the transgression of its desire the signiﬁer of identiﬁcation uncovers the desire Identification in the Name of Lolita 39 of he who identiﬁes, without either of them knowing this. In Nabokov it is the silhouette of Lolita as the oedipal knot of the perverse hero transformed into a ﬁgure. The language of lack is here aimed at what one doesn’t have and what Lolita herself is. It is the ﬁgure of Lolita as the object of desire per se and per vers, as the pervert’s object of desire, that embodies his lack and that is he himself; it is the oedipally prohibited signiﬁer which she is because she doesn’t have it for someone else.
W. B. Worthen (New York: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1996), 2–72. 4. 222. 5. J. Bollack, L’Oedipe roi de Sophocle (Lille: Presses Universitaires de Lille, 1990), 632. 6. Jacques Lacan, The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book XI: The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, ed. Jacques-Alain Miller and trans. Alan Sheridan (New York: W. W. Norton, 1981), ch. 16. 36 Raymond Borens 7. 54. 8. 64. 9. Sigmund Freud, The Psychopathology of Everyday Life. The Standard Edition, Volume 6, trans. James Strachey (London: The Hogarth Press, 1960).
Here too we have a son, Isaac (the name means “laughter”), and here too a dark God seems to be holding the strings in this inducement of the father to sacriﬁce his own son. The knife is already drawn when God’s voice is heard commanding Abraham to stop. The planned murder turns out to be—I am here following Marie Balmary’s interpretation—a misinterpretation of God’s word on the part of Abraham: it is not the sacriﬁce of the son’s body and life that is being demanded of Abraham, but rather the afﬁrmation of a symbolic belonging to God, a belonging via the Symbolic covenant.