Pelluses/Phani: The Multiplication, Displacement and Appropriations of the Phallus

Ayelet Zohar*

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The concept of the phallus as “the privileged signifier” is one of the central ideas of psychoanalysis, first introduced by Sigmund Freud in his discussion of childhood development and the dream, and later considered by Jacques Lacan as the origin of the signifying system and culture.1 Throughout their writings, Freud and Lacan discussed numerous qualities of the phallus as the prominent part-object (Freud), or the primary and only signifier marked by the absence (desire) it signifies (Lacan), while both indicate the phallus as the signifier of “Onement, " as compared to the absolute or the-name-of the-father.2.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerversion and Modern Japan
Subtitle of host publicationPsychoanalysis, Literature, Culture
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781134031542
ISBN (Print)9780415469104
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


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