Originally published in 1990, Psychoanalysis and… brings together essays by critics whose work demonstrates the lively interpenetration of psychoanalysis and other disciplines. Andrew Ross investigates psychoanalysis and Marxist thought; Joel Fineman reads the "sound of O" in Othello; Jane Gallop asks "Why does Freud giggle when the women leave the room?"; and Ellie Ragland-Sullivan examines Lacan’s seminars on James Joyce. This stimulating collection of work should still be required reading, especially for students of literature. But Psychoanalysis and… demonstrates that psychoanalysis – and theoretical criticism, and feminism, and Lacanian theory, and semiotics, and Marxism, and deconstruction, and literary criticism – was, at the time, a rich and expanding terrain.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Part 1: Psychoanalysis and Theoretical Criticism 1. Psychoanalysis as an Intervention in Contemporary Theory Cary Nelson 2. Psychoanalysis, Literary Criticism, and the Problem of Authority Samuel Weber 3. The Sound of O in Othello: The Real of the Tragedy of Desire Joel Fineman Part 2: Psychoanalysis and Feminism 4. Why Does Freud Giggle When the Women Leave the Room? Jane Gallop 5. The Female Subject: (What) Does Woman Want? Jerry Aline Flieger Part 3: Psychoanalysis and Lacanian Theory 6. Lacan’s Seminars on James Joyce: Writing as Symptom and "Singular Solution" Ellie Ragland Sullivan Part 4: Psychoanalysis and Semiotics 7. The Limits of the Semiotic Approach to Psychoanalysis Slavoj Zizek Part 5: Psychoanalysis and Marxism 8. The Politics of Impossibility Andrew Ross Part 6: Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction 9. Psychoanalysis Modern and Post-Modern Henry Sussman 10. Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction and Woman Ruth Salvaggio Part 7: Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism 11. The Bostonians and the Figure of the Speaking Woman Claire Kahane 12. Faulkner’s Dispossession of Personae Non Gratae Richard Feldstein 13. A Shattered Globe: Narcissism and Masochism in Virginia Woolf’s Life-Writing Charles Bernheimer. Notes and References.