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19:36 Aug 14, 2010
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French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Psychology / Psychoanalytic Case History
French term or phrase: a fait sauter la prothèse
Case history of Christine and Léa Papin, model domestics who snapped viciously and murderd their boss, Madame Lancelin, along with her daughter in Le Mans, France, during 1933.

Description of how Madame Lancelin first allowed and then put a stop to the ravage that should have occurred between Christine and her mother (Clemence).


"Madame Lancelin a rompu l'équilibre du dispositif orchestré par Clemence avec ses filles et dont Christine était l'enjeu. En séduisant Christine et en séparant les filles de leur mère, la patronne a permis que s'amorce un ravage qu'elle a ensuite empêché. Elle **a fait sauter la prothèse** 'sœur Papin.' Le dispositf ainsi rompu par Madame Lancelin, le ravage s'est révélé impossible entre Christine et Clemence, c'est dans la persécution avec la tentative manquée d'emancipation qui s'est révélé l'enjeu. Le dispositif maternel une fois rompu, le ravage dès lors exclus, il se réalisa dans las tuerie d'une mère-avec-sa-fille."

Merci Beaucoup,

Barbara Cochran, MFA
United States
Local time: 09:19

Summary of answers provided
3 +1She unfastened / detached the prosthesis
Gert Sass (M.A.)
3she severed the ties between.....
Kevin SC
1got rid of the proxy
Jonathan MacKerron

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got rid of the proxy

my shot in the dark

Jonathan MacKerron
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she severed the ties between.....

as in pulled the plug on....

Kevin SC
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Elle a fait sauter la prothèse
She unfastened / detached the prosthesis

It seems important to me to retain the obvious metaphor as used here (by Lacan, I would imagine).

Note added at 20 hrs (2010-08-15 16:04:08 GMT)

Also see http://tinyurl.com/2ugfy2o, which gives an account of Lacan's interpretation of the case.

Gert Sass (M.A.)
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agree  Frensp: La phrase en question est incomplète, mais il demeure que, dans les faits, ces femmes se sont arraché les yeux... Peut-être faut-il revoir le choix de verbe, mais il s'agit bien d'une métaphore. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sœurs_Papin
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