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ALMEIDA, Ricardo Monteiro Guedes de. Joyce's Particular Ego: From the Epiphanic Experience to the Sinthome. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp. 24-36. ISSN 2359-0769.

Among all the challenges present in mental health institution, the one of conceiving a clinic in which a case is really treated as unique has been proven to be one of the most complex and urgent tasks. Beyond all formalizations and traditional treatments, the subjects - in facing their illness or structural failures - have been presenting solutions that defy our comprehension of the treatment, thus reinforcing the need for producing knowlegde about this matter. From the study of Jacques Lacan's teachings about Joyce's sinthome, in this article we aim to accomplish a teorethical path that consists in the passage of the epiphany symptom to the writing sinthome. Our goal is not to produce a literary reflection about the Irish writer James Joyce. Although we approach his writings, our focus remains upon its solution, as an example of writing that produces a Borromean knot. Last, our objective is to discuss the contribution that Joyce's sinthome represents for the clinical practice, regarding the singular solution that the psychotic subject might present in the face of what Lacan described as Forclosure of the Name-of-the-Father. In this sense, we reached the conclusion that this sinthome represents a solution of its paternal failure, an unique suppleance of its actual foreclosure in a period before the phsychotic outbreak. We believe this theoretical knowledge represents an opportunity for reflecting about the expansion of limits for the clinical practice, since it debates the diversity of solutions that the subject might present when facing their structural failure.

Keywords : psychoanalysis; Joyce; sinthoma; Lacan; borromean knot.

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