Times of Mourning: Bereavement, Clinical Challenge, and Subjectivity works around the homonymous property of the word duelo in Spanish, which means both grief and duel. Adriana Bauab argues that the mourning process is a challenge and an opportunity for the subject to recompose their symbolic universe, recovering the function of lack that can ignite desire. Citing multiple clinical examples, Bauab proposes new tools for the treatment of grief.
Adriana Bauab is vice president of the Freudian School of Buenos Aires and former director and professor of the postgraduate course in psychoanalysis at the Centro de Salud Mental N° 3 Dr. Ameghino.
Chapter 1: Mourning: A Psychoanalytical Concept
Chapter 2: The Subjectivating Function of Mourning
Chapter 3: Sexuation and Mourning
Chapter 4: Mourning for the Father
Chapter 5: Mourning and the Body
Chapter 6: Mourning and the Limit of the Structure
Chapter 7: Mourning in the Polis
This book offers a thorough analysis of interrupting mourning processes, incorporating frameworks from both Freud and Lacan. Adriana Bauab incisively investigates mourning as a process of recovering from the unbearable castration of the Other, examining the complexities of mourning as demonstrated by characters such as Antigone and Hamlet. Mourning, Bauab proposes, means grief for the loss as well as a challenge to the integrity of human structure.