The Instance (Agency) of the Letter in the Japanese Unconscious: January 1996: Shin’ya Ogasawara

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1996

Title: The Agency of the Letter in the Japanese Unconscious

Author: Shin’ya Ogasawara

(includes comments on “Lituraterre”).

Translated by Jack W. Stone.

Published by M.I.T.: University of Missouri: here

Available here

NOW available here

Available in French:

at in the Ornicar?digital section. Unfortunately, I have been unable to make the following link work: here.

Introduction to the text:

Ornicar?digital is today publishing a text by Mr Shin’ya Ogasawara. The first part appeared in “La Lettre mensuelle” n° 145, in January 1996.

Ornicar? digital received the second part a few days ago. We have chosen to publish them together, since the same question is pursued and developed in both parts. We hope that the clinical approach chosen by this text will allow a re-opening of the debate on “the instance of the letter” and its relations with the written.

References to Jacques Lacan’s texts:


Details of English translation here or here: Lituraterre: 12th May 1971: Jacques Lacan


Details of availability here: Television: 1974: Jacques Lacan or here

Postface Seminar XI ‘rays that trickle as if from so many sluices’

Available in French, only : Postface au séminaire : « Les quatre concepts fondamentaux de la psychanalyse » (4 p.): 1st January 1973:

a) published at here and available here

b) Published by École Lacanienne de la Psychanalyse (pastoutLacan), here and available here

Preface to the Japanese Edition of the Écrits,: 27th January 1972

Also in ‘ Autres Écrits’: 2001: Paris du Seuil: as ‘Avis au lecteur japonais’ (Preface to the Japanese Edition of the Écrits: 1972)  :p497-502

d) Details of English translation: here – Preface to the Japanese Edition of the Écrits: 27th January 1972: Jacques Lacan

True and False Psychoanalysis: June 1958  

See True Psychoanalysis, and False : June 1958 : Jacques Lacan or here

The Mirror stage: July 17th 1949

See, for the English translations, Mirror Stage: 1936, 1938, 1949, 1966: Jacques Lacan or here

In French, Published by École Lacanienne de la Psychanalyse (pastoutLacan),here and available here. This is dated the 17th July 1949.

Further texts

Autres Écrits: 2001 : Jacques Lacan or here

by Jacques Lacan here

Notes on Lacanian works here