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Psychoanalytical Criticism: Theory in Practice
The relationship between psychoanalytical theory and the theories of literature and the arts are examined, drawing out a number of analogies between the literary-aesthetic process and the psychoanalytic one.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 5th 1985 by Other
(first published 1984)
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Elizabeth Wright all but achieves, in a thousand less pages than a Norton anthology, a comprehensive mapping of 20th century literary theory. She recognizes the advent of psychoanalysis as the structuring moment that allows, paradoxically, for the possibility of deconstruction. From Freud to Deleuze, she traces the evolution of literary theory as the modern reader's guide to self, society, and culture. The goal here is to illuminate the theoretical goal of contesting common sense. Wright does th ...more
For Lacan literature’s particular ability is to capture jouissance, or a brief moment of joy or terror or desire that somehow arises from deep within our unconscious psyche and reminds us of a time of perfect wholeness when we were incapable of differentiating among images from the Real Order. More often than not, these experiences are sexual, although other images and experiences such as birth or death can serve this function. Such moments of joy Lacan often finds in the writings of Poe, Shakes ...more