Lituraterre : 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on May 12, 1971

‘Lituraterre’ was first published in French in

1)  in the review Litterature (Larousse), No 3, 1971:

2) “Lituraterre” in Ornicar? No 41, Paris: Navarin, 1987:

3) Autres Écrits, Paris: Seuil, 2001 : p11-22

4) Published at Ecole Lacanienne de la psychanalyse, (Pas tout Lacan), here : To download here or   Literature

English translation:

a) Jack Stone’s (2010) translation into English which has extensive footnotes is available here, published by University of Missouri.

Or available at   /lacan 

b)  The session of 12th May 1971, within Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XVIII ‘On a Discourse that might not be a Semblance’: is the spoken version of an écrit, ‘Lituraterre’.  This is Ch 7 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation:

Cormac Gallagher’s translation: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book XVIII: On a discourse that might not be a semblance: 1970-1971: published at is available hereRelated text    Seminar XVIII:On a discourse that might not be a semblance:1971: from 13th January 1971: Jacques Lacan or here  

c)  Lituraterre , 1971, Jacques Lacan : translated by Beatrice Khiara-Foxton & Adrian Price : Hurly-Burly: Issue 9 : May 2013 : p29-38

Available at   /lacan 

d) Published on Richard G. Klein’s website,, the French & 4 English translations, i) Freudian School of Melbourne ii) Jack W. Stone iii) Dany Nobus iv) Beatrice Khiara-Foxton & Adrian Price, available at  /Lacan (66. AUTRES ÉCRITS: Lituraterre—4 translations )

A Map of the Text 

From p1 of of  /Lacan (66. AUTRES ÉCRITS: Lituraterre—4 translations ), probably by Richard Klein

This essay appears to be extracted and partially modified from the Seminar XVIII (1970‐1971) D’un discourse qui ne serait pas du semblant, the session of 12 May 1971. For a comparison of the two, see,031

Perhaps a tentative map of the text might be something like this:


1‐10     Letter‐‐>litter; Joyce; civilization=rubbish

11        As for psychoanalysis

12‐22   Écrits; Poe, letter in sufferance , always arrives

27‐39   Letter—littoral; letter is not primary

40        Lituraterre = litura (erasure) + terre (earth)

41‐48   Trip to Japan

48‐53   Ruissellement (trickling, raining down)‐‐‐>rature/litura

53‐56   Rupture of semblant; Ravinement (erosion of signified); taking a name

57‐61   Return trip from Japan

62‐66   Interpretation should ‘rain down’

67        Avant‐garde literature not from semblant

68‐71   lituraterrir

72‐72   Japanese Language, effect of writing, kun‐yomi/on‐yomi

74‐79   Letter vs. signifier

79‐85   Japan, empire of semblants; bunraku

86        It is written & sexual relation


A Vision of the Streaming of the One : December 2021 : Éric Laurent  See  here or  /éric laurent (December 2021)


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