Phallocentrism / Phallogocentrism / Logocentrism

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Historical Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

Phallocentrism is a term first used by the Freudian psychoanalyst Ernest Jones c. 1927 to focus his disagreement with Freud's theory of female sexual identity as being marked by the lack of the phallus, a sense, in other words, of their castration. This theory evidently deprives females of any positive sense of their own sexual organs and was seen by Jones as an unconscious projection by male psychoanalysts of their own neurotic fears about the female body. Lacanian analysis repeats with variations Freud's obsession with the phallus and its lack, and was charged with phallocentrism by feminist critics, particularly Luce Irigaray in her Speculum of the Other Woman (1974).

Jacques Derrida was concerned with logocentrism …

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Editors. "Phallocentrism / Phallogocentrism / Logocentrism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 August 2009
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