Play it again: Derrida, the space of play, and psychoanalysis
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Beginning from the fort/da game, this paper looks at how Derrida defines the concept of play and how that concept bears on his reading of psychoanalysis. For Derrida, play is a way of articulating the form of discourse once the impossibility of tracing it back to a self-present origin is affirmed. In place of something that arrests the proliferation of substitution within language, there is play. Here, play is a means of entering into discourse, in this case psychoanalysis, and seeing the way in which it constructs itself and how it then finally represses that process of construction, its play structure. Understanding how play works in Derrida's thought allows us to understand how fort-da becomes the structuring game in his reading of Freud, which also extends further into an analysis of the analytic scene itself.