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

By Laura Marcus, Ankhi Mukherjee

This concise better half explores the heritage of psychoanalytic idea and its impression on modern literary feedback via tracing its circulate throughout disciplinary and cultural limitations. * includes unique essays by means of prime students, utilizing a variety of cultural and old techniques * Discusses key suggestions in psychoanalysis, reminiscent of the function of dreaming, psychosexuality, the subconscious, and the determine of the double, whereas contemplating questions of gender, race, asylum and overseas legislations, queer thought, time, and reminiscence * Spans the fields of psychoanalysis, literature, cultural conception, feminist and gender reviews, translation stories, and picture. * offers a well timed and pertinent review of present psychoanalytic tools whereas additionally sketching out destiny instructions for thought and interpretation

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However, the influx of feminists into psychoanalysis (for ­instance, Julia Kristeva, Juliet Mitchell, Nancy Chodorow, and Jessica Benjamin are all psychoanalysts) has meant that there is a way of speaking to psychoanalysis from within, whatever the difficulties of holding on to one’s radicalism without being co-opted, and this has resulted in some genuinely transgressive thinking. This is now extending into arenas such as mothering (Baraitser 2009), historically the bastion of the most regressive psychoanalytic theorizing, though also 20 The Freudian Century an area hard fought over by feminist writers.

This too is part of the Freudian century. 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.

The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis, ed. Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. Sylvana Tomaselli. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Lacan, Jacques. 2007. The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book XVII: The Other Side of Psychoanalysis, ed. Jacques-Alain Miller, trans. Russell Grigg. New York: Norton. Laplanche, Jean. 2003. ” Trans. John Fletcher. New Formations, 48: 26–29. Luckhurst, Roger. 2002. The Invention of Telepathy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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