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Derrida, J. (1991). Geopsychoanalysis: “…And the Rest of the World”. Am. Imago, 48(2):199-231.

(1991). American Imago, 48(2):199-231

Geopsychoanalysis: “…And the Rest of the World”

Jacques Derrida

Translated by:
Donald Nicholson-Smith

Before naming Latin America, I would like to open a parenthesis.

“… and the rest of the world”—a quote, a bon mot, from the International Psychoanalytic Association. The Association's proposed Constitution of 1977, as ratified by the Thirtieth Congress in Jerusalem, contains a parenthetical sentence which attempts after a fashion to map the divisions of the psychoanalytic world: “(The Association's main geographical areas are defined at this time as America north of the United States-Mexican border; all America south of that border; and the rest of the world.)” The formulation is far too tempting— the bon mot simply too good—not to take the said “rest” as a starting point. Basically the word denominates Europe, the native land, and old mother country of psychoanalysis, a body tattooed all over with psychoanalytic institutions and apparatuses; but the self-same “rest of the world” also connotes all that virgin psychoanalysis, to put it bluntly, has never set foot.

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