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Discourse in Psychoanalysis and Literature (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan


240 pages

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The essays in this collection, first published in 1987, represent a collective attempt to listen with the third ear to the underhand ways the unspoken has of speaking, and to speak of these ways. By focusing on ‘discourse’ the volume is distinguished from traditional literature by its emphasis on rhetorical structures and textual strategies, and the investment of these structures with desire, power and other aspects of subjectivity, rather than the personality of the artist or the creative process. However, in this book the human dimension is not lost. By claiming that the structures in question are not merely linguistic, semiotic, or narratological (although they are all of these), the human dimension is returned- not ‘in the raw’, as in traditional approaches, but through the traces it leaves in the text, as activated by its reading. This book is ideal for students of literature and psychoanalytical theory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Notes on the contributors; Introduction; 1. The idea of a psychoanalytic literary criticism 2. Id is, is Id? 3. Interactions between textual analysis and related self-analysis 4. Myth à la lettre: Freud, Mann, Genesis and Rembrandt, and the story of the son 5. Transmission in psychoanalysis and literature: whose text is it anyway? 6. On the melancholic imaginary 7. Nadja, Dora, Lol V. Stein: women, madness and narrative 8. Tragic drama and the family: the killing of children and the killing of story-telling 9. Narration as repetition: the case of Günter Grass’s Cat and Mouse 10. Narrative recursion 11. ‘Transference’ as trope and persuasion; Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory