Writing and Madness: Literature/Philosophy/Psychoanalysis (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics (Stanford, Calif.) )
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Writing and Madness: Literature/Philosophy/Psychoanalysis (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics (Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics)

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Writing and Madness is Shoshana Felman’s most influential work of literary theory and criticism. Exploring the relations between literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis through brilliant studies of Balzac, Nerval, Flaubert, and James, as well as Lacan, Foucault, and Derrida, this book seeks the specificity of literature in its relation to what culture excludes under the
Paperback, 294 pages
Published February 25th 2003 by Stanford University Press (first published January 1st 1985)
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Michael Walkden
I have very divided opinions about this book. Firstly, I suspect that the English translation is problematic. Felman's language can be convoluted and frustrating. I'd also recommend a knowledge of Foucault, Derrida, Lacan, and Freud before attempting to read this book - some of which I did not have. There are some particularly batty sections - the long chapter on The Turn of the Screw stands out, with its Freudian eroticisation of various plot elements I'm fairly sure James intended to be innocu...more
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