Psychoanalyic Criticism

Psychoanalyic Criticism : A Reader

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Psychoanalytic Criticism is a wide-ranging introduction to psychoanalytic theory and its impact on literature, literary criticism and film. It charts the development of psychoanalytic theory from classical Freudian psychoanalysis to contemporary feminist thought, and assesses the implications of this development for literary and film theory.The book includes selections from the works of Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray, together with commentaries on these theorists by such writers as Toril Moi and Jaqueline Rose, and applications of the theories by literary critics including Marie Bonaparte, Harold Bloom, Peter Brooks and Peter Nicholls. The fiction covered includes writings by Henry James, Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison and a concluding section addresses feminism and cinema.Throughout the book a number of issues are discussed including the construction of gender, the role of pleasure in reading and writing, the textual presentation of the body, signification in texts and in the unconscious and how these may be linked. Psychoanalytic Criticism is ideal as a textbook for students in literary theory and literary criticism, film theory and feminist theory, and it will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the cultural impact of psychoanalysis.show more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 156 x 228 x 22mm | 480.82g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
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  • 0745610498
  • 9780745610498

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Sources and Acknowledgements. Editor's Note. Introduction. Part I The Oedipus Complex and the Pleasure Principle. 1. Harold Bloom: A Meditation upon Priority, and a Synopsis. 2. Peter Brooks: Freud's Masterplot. Part II Sigmund Freud: The 'Wolf Man'. 3. Sigmund Freud: The Seduction and its Immediate Consequences. 4. Peter Nicholls: The Belated Postmodern: History, Phantoms and Toni Morrison. Part III Sigmund Freud versus Jacques Lacan: Edgar Allan Poe and Henry James. 5. Marie Bonaparte: Tales of the Mother. 6. Barbara Johnson: The Frame of Reference: Poe, Lacan, Derrida. 7. Edmund Wilson: The Ambiguity of Henry James. 8. Shoshana Felman: Turning the Screw of Interpretation. Part IV Jacques Lacan: the Unconscious Structured as a Language. 9. Jacques Lacan: The Meaning of the Phallus. 10. Jacqueline Rose: Feminine Sexuality: Introduction. 11. Elizabeth Grosz: The Penis and the Phallus. Part V Julia Kristeva: the Abject and the Semiotic. 12. Julia Kristeva: Approaching Abjection. 13. Toril Moi: Language, Femininity, Revolution. 14. Makiko Minow-Pinkney: Mrs Dalloway. Part VI Luce Irigaray: Femininity, Film and the Masquerade. 15. Luce Irigaray: Women, the Sacred and Money. 16. Mary Ann Doane: Woman's Stake: Filming the Female Body. Select Bibliography. Index.show more

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