Freud S Drive Psychoanalysis Literature And Film

Author : Teresa De Lauretis
ISBN : 9780230583047
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Teresa De Lauretis makes a bold and orginal argument for the renewed relevance of the Freudian theory of drives, through close readings of texts ranging from cinema and literature to psychoanalysis and cultural theory.
Category: Literary Criticism

Forms Of English History In Literature Landscape And Architecture

Author : J. Twyning
ISBN : 9781137284709
Genre : Art
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An exploration of the way English literature has interacted with architectural edifices and the development of landscape as a national style from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century. Analyzing texts in relation to cultural artefacts, each chapter demonstrates the self-conscious production of English consciousness as its most enduring history.
Category: Art

The Ends Of Mourning

Author : Alessia Ricciardi
ISBN : 0804747776
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Ends of Mourning explores from an interdisciplinary perspective the contemporary crisis of mourning. In an age skeptical of history and memory, we relate to the past only as a spectacle, a product to be consumed in the cultural marketplace. The book charts the emergence and development of the problem of mourning in the writings of Freud, Proust, and Freud's successor Lacan. Freud's idea of "sorrow work" and Proust's concept of involuntary memory defined the terms of the classic modernist account of mourning in the fields of psychoanalysis and literature. Yet their insistence on the egotistical aspects of loss to the exclusion of all ethical and political considerations threatens the dissolution of the question of mourning.
Category: Literary Criticism

Sight Unseen

Author : Ellyn Kaschak
ISBN : 9780231539531
Genre : Social Science
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Sight Unseen reveals the cultural and biological realities of race, gender, and sexual orientation from the perspective of the blind. Through ten case studies and dozens of interviews, Ellyn Kaschak taps directly into the phenomenology of race, gender, and sexual orientation among blind individuals, along with the everyday epistemology of vision. Her work reveals not only how the blind create systems of meaning out of cultural norms but also how cultural norms inform our conscious and unconscious interactions with others regardless of our physical ability to see.
Category: Social Science

A Concise Companion To Psychoanalysis Literature And Culture

Author : Laura Marcus
ISBN : 9781118610220
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This concise companion explores the history of psychoanalytic theory and its impact on contemporary literary criticism by tracing its movement across disciplinary and cultural boundaries. Contains original essays by leading scholars, using a wide range of cultural and historical approaches Discusses key concepts in psychoanalysis, such as the role of dreaming, psychosexuality, the unconscious, and the figure of the double, while considering questions of gender, race, asylum and international law, queer theory, time, and memory Spans the fields of psychoanalysis, literature, cultural theory, feminist and gender studies, translation studies, and film. Provides a timely and pertinent assessment of current psychoanalytic methods while also sketching out future directions for theory and interpretation
Category: Literary Criticism

Femmes Fatales

Author : Mary Ann Doane
ISBN : 0415903203
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this work of feminist film criticism, Mary Ann Doane examines questions of sexual difference and knowledge in cinematic, theoretical, and psychoanalytic discourses. Femmes Fatales examines Freud, the female spectator, the meaning of the close-up, and the nature of stardom. Doane's analyses of such figures as Pabst's Lulu and Rita Hayworth's Gilda trace the thematics and mechanics of maskes, masquerade, and veiling, with specific attention to the form and technology of the cinema. Working through and against the intellectual frameworks of post-structuralist and psychoanalytic theory, Doane interrogates cinematic and theoretical claims to truth about women which rely on judgements about vision and its stability or instability. Reflecting the shift in conceptual priorities within feminist film theory over the last decade,
Category: Literary Criticism

Death Drive

Author : Mr Robert Rowland Smith
ISBN : 9780748641710
Genre : Art
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Robert Rowland Smith takes Freud's work on the death-drive and compares it with other philosophies of death - Pascal, Heidegger and Derrida in particular. He also applies it in a new way to literature and art - to Shakespeare, Rothko and Katharina Fritsch, among others. He asks whether artworks are dead or alive, if artistic creativity isn't actually a form of destruction, and whether our ability to be seduced by fine words means we don't put our selves at risk of death. In doing so, he proposes a new theory of aesthetics in which artworks and literary texts have a death-drive of their own, not least by their defining ability to turn away from all that is real, and where the effects of the death-drive mean that we are constantly living in imaginary, rhetorical or 'artistic' worlds. The book also provides a valuable introduction to the rich tradition of work on the death-drive since Freud.Key Features* Includes a general introduction to the death-drive* Presents an original theory of aesthetics* Analyses both theoretical and clinical psychoanalysis* Offers in-depth treatment of Freud* Provides an overview of philosophies of death
Category: Art

Madonna On The Couch

Author : Matthias Groß
ISBN : 9783640104598
Genre : Literary Collections
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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Leipzig (Institut für Amerikanistik), course: Psychoanalysis in Literature, 19 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This paper is taking interest in Madonna and psychoanalysis, yet it is not supposed to conclude as an analysis of Madonna and her psychic condition as a patient. However, what I am trying to do on the following pages is to detect and employ various concepts of Freud’s revolutionary theory (or rather theories) in the context of pop star Madonna and her music videos in particular. Initiated by a seminar on psychoanalysis and literature, this paper tries to portray how influential Freud’s findings were and to this day still are, but probably also that the post-Freudian society at times seems to escape into thoroughly explaining matters with the help of their layman understandings and ideas of psychoanalysis. What I am trying to say is that one is tempted to overdo interpretations with the help of psychoanalysis, ignoring the fact that it has limitations as well. I noticed myself, especially, becoming oblivious to that fact when analyzing Madonna. That occurrence, however, exemplifies how prone we are, as post-Freudians, to employ this theory in our thinking, understanding, and interpretation of ideas and concepts; not only in academic spheres, but also in everyday life. I have tried to structure this paper in accordance of the various psychoanalytic concepts that I chose to discuss in regard to Madonna’s music videos. However, my intended agenda for this essay proved somewhat incompatible with my findings, which means that quite frequently there was no clear-cut distinction to make between, for instance, the universal prominence of sexuality and the dream and their overall importance in applying psychoanalytic theory on literary texts (in this case on music videos and sequences). Owing to better readability and coherence, however, I still arranged this paper in chapters, pointing out once more that cross-references and repetitions to some extent are indispensable. Since the focus of this paper is on Madonna’s music videos, visual representations so to speak, I start out discussing the importance of psychoanalysis and its ramifications for film theory. I have struggled with the equalization of entire films, in which film theory is based, and music videos; yet I have found that these sequences, in a way, tell entire stories as well, and, owing to their limitations in regard to the time frame, are condensed to a much larger extent than are ordinary films, which is reflected in the frequent employment of symbolism and ciphers in music-video composition (This condensation itself implies a close similarity to Freud’s comments about the dream-work.) Beginning with general theoretical observations on film theory and psychoanalysis in terms of modes and conventions of perception I will lead to the discussion of the actual contents of Madonna’s music videos in regard to at least some of Freud’s ideas.
Category: Literary Collections

Freudian Passions

Author : Jan Campbell
ISBN : 9781855756168
Genre : Psychology
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Unconscious sexuality is made up of passions that can only travel and move if there is form attached. And these first forms come initially from another. What gives living form to the child's first affectual ties is the maternal response. A return and mimesis of the baby's passions which is the same but different: passions with maternal form added. Time and rhythm is arguably the initial form which enters into unconscious passionate life, and without necessary rhythm or time our unconscious experience is too immediate: the trauma that results when repetition can't yield to time and difference. In re-reading the lost book of affects in Freud's work, this study utilizes various contemporary thinkers on psychoanalysis, affect and literary form to argue for psychoanalysis as a theory and practice of the living forms that can carry our passions. Psychoanalysis is like Literature in that it is a living form that exists between people; producing the readings, travels, translations and re-inventions of our sexual and romantic passions. As lived form, psychoanalysis is a genre that moves constantly between our past, present and future, enabling repetitions of sameness and difference. When we are depressed or stuck within dead genres, dead passions or dead mothers, then the issue of lived form becomes something that psychoanalysis as a clinical practice becomes concerned with. Literature is another cultural means through which we can bring our passions back into a world of lived form and therefore being. The first half of this book explores central tenets of Freudian thinking in relation to the passage of affects. Chapters on the role of rhythm, hysteria, sexuality, telepathy, phobias and the styles of the body ego in Freud's thinking are explored further, in the second half of the book, in terms of readings of such classic literary texts as Sense and Sensibility, Daniel Deronda and To The Lighthouse. And yet, this is not just a book on Freud and literature. It is a book on how psychoanalysis and literature are both lived forms of sexuality. Mrs. Ramsay in To The Lighthouse is the "straight as an arrow passion" who lacks a dress sense that can only be elaborated by styles of the ego. How are these styles of the ego, also rhythms that carry our affects? This is a central issue, not just for literature but for the practice and theory of psychoanalysis. Literature is the clinical case history that exemplifies the living forms and passions of psychoanalysis, and vice versa.
Category: Psychology

Reading Freud S Reading

Author : Sander L. Gilman
ISBN : 9780814730782
Genre : History
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Perhaps nothing is more revealing about a person than what he or she reads. In 1938, when Freud was forced by the Nazis to flee Vienna, he brought with him to London a large portion of his annotated personal library. Reading Freud's Reading is a guided tour of this library, the intellectual tools of the genius of Sigmund Freud. Specialists from a wide range of areas—from the history of medicine, to literary scholarship, to the history of classical scholarship—spent two months working on questions raised by Freud's reading and his library at the Freud Museum in London. These specialists are joined here by internationally renowned scholars including Ned Lukatcher, Harold P. Blum, and Michael Molnar to apply a wide range of critical approaches, from depth psychoanalysis to cultural analysis. Together, they present a detailed look at the implications of how, and what, Freud read, including the major sources he used for his work.
Category: History