Speaking Desires can be Dangerous

Speaking Desires can be Dangerous : The Poetics of the Unconscious

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This new book is a lively and original study of psychoanalysis and its relations to the arts.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 208 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745678416
  • 9780745678412

About Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright was formerly at Girton College, Cambridge.show more

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-The extraordinary achievement of Wright's book is that it inverts the standard psychoanalytic approach to art, which consists in bringing to light the unconscious pathological complexes that underlie the work of art - for Wright, and in the best Lacanian tradition, it is the poetics, the rhetorical strategies of language itself, that provide the key to the formations of the unconscious. The consequent deployment of this insight makes the book an instant classic that will stay around for decades.- Slavoj Zizek -Elizabeth Wright provides a -how-to- handbook on reading literary texts through psychoanalytic theory. She carefully and intelligently presents a compact description of a psychoanalytic reading, defines -discourse-, as well as the -clinical case-. These are the three core concepts for any understanding of a psychoanalytic approach to literature and language. They are well illustrated by insightful and comprehensible examples from Shakespeare to the German expressionist Alfred Kubin and the American writer Robert Coover and by examples from pyschoanalysts Julia Kristeva, Joyce McDougall and Wilfred Bion. An indispensable guide for student and critic alike.- Sander Gilman -With an acute eye Speaking Desires seamlessly weaves together psychoanalytic theory and literary criticism as only one equally at ease in both discourses can do.- Psychoanalytic Studies "The extraordinary achievement of Wright's book is that it inverts the standard psychoanalytic approach to art, which consists in bringing to light the unconscious pathological complexes that underlie the work of art - for Wright, and in the best Lacanian tradition, it is the poetics, the rhetorical strategies of language itself, that provide the key to the formations of the unconscious. The consequent deployment of this insight makes the book an instant classic that will stay around for decades." Slavoj Zizek "Elizabeth Wright provides a "how-to" handbook on reading literary texts through psychoanalytic theory. She carefully and intelligently presents a compact description of a psychoanalytic reading, defines "discourse," as well as the "clinical case." These are the three core concepts for any understanding of a psychoanalytic approach to literature and language. They are well illustrated by insightful and comprehensible examples from Shakespeare to the German expressionist Alfred Kubin and the American writer Robert Coover and by examples from pyschoanalysts Julia Kristeva, Joyce McDougall and Wilfred Bion. An indispensable guide for student and critic alike." Sander Gilman "With an acute eye Speaking Desires seamlessly weaves together psychoanalytic theory and literary criticism as only one equally at ease in both discourses can do." Psychoanalytic Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vii Introduction 1 Part I Psychoanalysis and Literature: Freud 11 1 What is a psychoanalytic reading? 13 2 The uncanny and its poetics 18 3 The vagaries of fantasy: Alfred Kubin's The Other Side 31 4 Maladies of the soul: the poetics of Julia Kristeva 41 Part II Psychoanalysis and Language: Lacan 59 5 What is a discourse? 61 6 The indirections of desire: Hamlet 77 7 Inscribing the body politic: Robert Coover's Spanking the Maid 86 8 What does Woman want?: The Double Life of Veronique 104 Part III Patients and Analysts: Readers and Texts 115 9 What is a clinical `case'? 117 10 The rhetoric of clinical discourse: Dialogue with Sammy 132 11 The rhetoric of clinical management: Bion and Minuchin 140 12 Out of tune: Elfriede Jelinek's The Piano Teacher 154 Conclusion 165 Notes 169 Bibliography 186 Index 193show more

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