A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and by Laura Marcus, Ankhi Mukherjee

By Laura Marcus, Ankhi Mukherjee

This concise spouse explores the historical past of psychoanalytic conception and its effect on modern literary feedback by means of tracing its flow throughout disciplinary and cultural limitations. * comprises unique essays by way of top students, utilizing a variety of cultural and ancient methods * Discusses key options in psychoanalysis, resembling the position of dreaming, psychosexuality, the subconscious, and the determine of the double, whereas contemplating questions of gender, race, asylum and foreign legislation, queer thought, time, and reminiscence * Spans the fields of psychoanalysis, literature, cultural thought, feminist and gender reports, translation reports, and picture. * offers a well timed and pertinent review of present psychoanalytic equipment whereas additionally sketching out destiny instructions for conception and interpretation

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A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture

This concise better half explores the historical past of psychoanalytic concept and its influence on modern literary feedback by means of tracing its move throughout disciplinary and cultural limitations. * includes unique essays by means of major students, utilizing a variety of cultural and old techniques * Discusses key options in psychoanalysis, resembling the function of dreaming, psychosexuality, the subconscious, and the determine of the double, whereas contemplating questions of gender, race, asylum and overseas legislation, queer idea, time, and reminiscence * Spans the fields of psychoanalysis, literature, cultural conception, feminist and gender reviews, translation experiences, and movie.

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Beginning with the prospect of scientific advance and the triumph of reason over unreason; sharing in the modernist optimism that despite the continued presence of the irrational it would be possible to make progress towards a fuller, more liberated existence; then marred by the explosion of destructive barbarism that showed itself to be the irreducible underside of “civilization” – something that colonized peoples would always have known, of course – psychoanalysis at least offered western culture a theory that used the tools of reason but respected the force and reality of the brutal, self- and other-­destructive elements of the human subject.

New York: Fordham University Press. 33 Chapter 2 The Case Study Andrew Webber Exemplary tales If there is a particular basis for the relationship that has developed be­tween the theories and practices of psychoanalysis and those of literature, it is the attention to language use, its creativities and its vicissitudes. In view of this, it seems appropriate to introduce this essay with a close consideration of some key terms, their status in language and between different language systems. There are two terms particularly at issue here, terms which are sometimes used more or less interchangeably but which could benefit from careful consideration and distinction.

More importantly, however, there is now a sense of banality about many of the psychoanalytic claims concern­ ing gender and sexual difference. Virginia Goldner (2003), in a paper exploring the relationships between contemporary psychoanalytic thinking on gender and on sexuality, points out how gender is now commonly discussed in an ironic tone, to accentuate the way in which its taken-for-granted status has been thoroughly undermined. ” The issue of “penis envy” no longer has much resonance outside stand-up comic routines, and even the object-relational idea that girls, because of their close ties with their mothers, struggle with issues of autonomy and separation whilst boys trip up over intimacy can now be seen both as a truism and as a tautology, describing a socially induced state of affairs without grasping hold of the complexities of the psychological mechanisms at its root.

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