Contextual considerations on the subject of lacan's first trip to Japan (1963)

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    My aim in this paper is to make known the importance and influence of Eastern culture and thought and of Japan on Lacan's works. I have taken as a starting point the trip he made to this country during the spring of 1963. After this I have gone backwards to consider the presence of Japan in Sigmund Freud's works, calling attention to his mention of the Mikado and the Ainu in Totem and Taboo. Towards Buddhism, which was the focus of Lacan's interest in this first trip to the archipelago, Freud was cautious, reticent and even hostile. Lacan, on the other hand, was enthusiastic about Orient and interested in Buddhism, especially in Zen. I have made a selection of the comments he made on his return from Japan, in which he pointed out weaknesses and commented on how feminine sexuality is eschewed in Buddhism, which he took note of in order to direct his practice in psychoanalysis accordingly. © 2012 Universidad de Los Lagos.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-151
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012


    • Buddhism
    • Feminine sexuality
    • Freud
    • Japan
    • Psychoanalysis

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