Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism

This choice of essays presents scholars of literary severe idea with an advent to Freudian tools of interpretation, and indicates how these tools were reworked via contemporary advancements in French psychoanalysis, rather through the impact of Jacques Lacan. It explains how classical Freudian feedback tended to target the thematic content material of the literary textual content, while Lacanian feedback specializes in its linguistic constitution, redirecting the reader to the phrases themselves. ideas and techniques are outlined through tracing the function performed via the drama of Oedipus within the improvement of psychoanalytic conception and feedback. The essays hide a large standard scope and are divided into 3 elements: drama, narrative and poetry. each one is observed by means of explanatory headnotes giving transparent definitions of complicated phrases.

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Indd 35 The Oedipus Complex in the 21st Century 35 7/5/2007 6:33:16 AM A full bladder or a full rectum is to empty. A stuffed nose is to pick at. A mouth is to kiss. A genital is to fondle and rub against. A pigtail is to pull. A little brother standing quietly is for a big brother to agitate. A stone, a pea, or a ball is to throw. A breast or a bottom is to fondle. A naked body is to peer at. A skirt is to look under. Genitals are to display with pride. A wall is to draw on. Bedroom sounds are to listen to and fantasize about.

If she followed her mother’s instructions and stayed in her room playing with her dolls, then her brother, jealous of the loss of her interest in him, cut off the doll’s arms. The inference Nancy drew from her experience was that girls are inherently evil, draw men into doing bad things, and are forbidden to express their desires; men have all the freedom and fun. Moving beyond the oedipal period of Nancy’s experience to her analysis as an adult to make my point about the subversive, pernicious, transgressive aspect of sexuality, Nancy as an adult was a highly principled, ethical person whose general convictions of existence as a good religious person were subverted by the unrelenting (pernicious) nature of her unfulfilled attachment and romantic sexual desires.

The Distinction Between Sensuality and Sexuality and the Role of Culture In chapter 1, I presented the evidence for a distinction between sensuality in the form of socially sanctioned pleasurable body sensations and fantasies and sexuality in the form of socially disapproved of pleasurable body sensations and fantasies. A boy or girl coming into the oedipal phase has already acquired an extensive set of explicit and implicit rules about sensual desires openly to be enjoyed with others or while alone, and other rules about sexual desires not openly to be enjoyed with others, maybe allowable when alone and maybe not.

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