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Béla Grunberger

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Béla Grunberger (22 February 1903 – 25 February 2005) was a Franco-Hungarian psychoanalyst.

May 68[edit]

His 1969 work L'univers contestationnaire, written with fellow IPA member Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel, under the joint pseudonym 'André Stéphane' postulated that the left-wing rioters of May 68 were totalitarian Stalinists, and proffered the hypothesis that they were "affected by a sordid infantilism caught up in an Oedipal revolt against the father".[1][2]

Notably, Lacan mentioned this book with great disdain. While Grunberger and Chasseguet-Smirgel were still cloaked by the pseudonym, Lacan remarked that for sure none of the authors belonged to his school, as none would stoop to such a low drivel.[3] The authors in turn accused the Lacan School of "intellectual terrorism".[1]


  1. ^ a b Jean-Michel Rabaté (2009) 68 + 1: Lacan's année érotique published in Parrhesia, NUMBER 6 • 2009 pp. 28–45
  2. ^ André Stéphane [Bela Grunberger and Janine Chasselet-Smirguel], L'Univers Contestationnaire (Paris: Payot, 1969).
  3. ^ Jacques Lacan, The Seminars of Jacques Lacan, Seminar XVI D'un Autre à l'autre, 1968–9, p. 266