Muriel Drazien

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Muriel Drazien
Born(1938-09-07)September 7, 1938
DiedApril 14, 2018(2018-04-14) (aged 79)
Rome, Italy
EducationColumbia University
Occupation(s)Psychoanalyst, author
SpousePasquale Chessa

Muriel Drazien (September 7, 1938 – April 14, 2018) in New York, was a psychoanalyst working first in Paris and then in Rome, a Lacanian and one of the three Tripode[1] that fostered the teaching of Jacques Lacan in Italy.


Born in New York from parents of middle European Ashkenazi descent she was educated at Columbia University. She won a Fulbright scholarship to study medicine in Paris. There she studied psychoanalysis under the direct tuition of Jacques Lacan and went on to work with many French exponents of his discipline, including Françoise Dolto, Maud Mannoni, Moustapha Safouan. She was one of the founders of École Freudienne de Paris.[2]

Consistent with Lacan's 1973 Letter to the Italians,[3][4][5] in which she is nominated along with Contri and Verdiglione, she transferred to work in Rome, where she fostered Lacan's teaching.

In 1983, she founded the Psychoanalytic Association Cosa Freudiana [6] to which she also acted as chairperson. [7]

In 2002, in conjunction with the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and she founded the Laboratorio Freudiano [8] where she acted as both director and teacher.

She is remembered[1] as a valued member of the Association Lacanienne Internationale.[9]


Mostly in French or Italian:

  • Drazien, M. (2007) Couples: Coppie. Una storia psicanalitica: il nodo di Lacan, Carocci,ISBN 9788843040544
  • Drazien, M. (2007) Nora fitted Jim like a glove: Nora calzava a Jim come un guanto. Escursione intorno al desiderio maschile e femminile, in Desiderio di uomo e desiderio di donna, Eds. M. Fiumanò, Roma, Carocci. ISBN 9788843043156
  • Drazien, M. (2010) Joyce the love between symptom and sinthome: Joyce. L'amour entre symptôme et sinthome, in Dante Alighieri. Les effets inattendus de l'amour de la langue, La Célibataire, 21.
  • Drazien, M. (2010) The Gaze of the World: Lo sguardo del mondo L'Osservatore Romano, 18 dec 2010. version online
  • Drazien, M. (2012) Love of transfert: L’amore di transfert. La formazione di un’analiste, in Le mie sere con Lacan, Editori Internazionale Riuniti, ISBN 978-99-559-9088-8
  • Drazien, M. (2013) Joyce and l’élangues: Joyce et l’élangues, in Une journée entière avec James Joyce, La Célibataire, 27.
  • Drazien, M. (2016) Lacan reader of Joyce: Lacan lettore di Joyce, Portaparole, ISBN 978-8897539612
  • Drazien, M. (2017) The crime of Rina Forte: Le crime de Rina Forte, in Il sapere che viene dai folli, Eds: N. Dissez, C. Fanelli, Roma, Derive Approdi. ISBN 9788865481837.
  • Drazien, M. et al. (2004) Dictionary of Psychoanalysis Dizionario di Psicanalisi, Gremese, Roma 2004. ISBN 8884401704.


  1. ^ a b Marisa Fiumanò. "In memoria di Muriel Drazien; ALI-in-Italia". Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ "École Freudienne". Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ Julia Evans"The Italian Note: April 1973 : Jacques Lacan, Lacanian Works". Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  4. ^ Transl. Jack W. Stone "Letter to three Italian Lacanians: Contri, Drazien and Verdiglione" (PDF). Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ Érik Porge, "La lettre aux Italiens... et à quelques autres". Retrieved 14 May 2018. Psychanalyse, 2007/2 (n° 9) (in French)
  6. ^ "Cosa Freudiana – Bollettino di Psicanalisi n.1 - Laboratorio Freudiano". 7 April 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  7. ^ "- la". Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Laboratorio Freudiano - Per la formazione degli psicoterapeuti". Laboratorio Freudiano. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Accueil". Freud-Lacan. Retrieved 5 May 2018.