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Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Robert Rowland Smith

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640393
eISBN:
9780748671601
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book takes Freud's work on the death-drive and compares it with other philosophies of death — those of Pascal, Heidegger and Derrida in particular. It also applies it in a new way to literature ... More


Limits of Horror: Technology, Bodies, Gothic

Fred Botting

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077548
eISBN:
9781781701904
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077548.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Horror is not what it used to be. Nor are its Gothic avatars. The meaning of monsters, vampires and ghosts has changed significantly over the last 200 years, as have the mechanisms (from fiction to ... More


Introduction

Robert Rowland Smith

in Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640393
eISBN:
9780748671601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This introductory chapter attempts to do three things: to give a preliminary account of Freud's theory of the death-drive; to provide a brief review of the literature that has reflected on that ... More


The Death-Drive Does Not Think

Robert Rowland Smith

in Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640393
eISBN:
9780748671601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

One of Freud's propositions concerning the death-drive is that it manifests itself in the human ‘compulsion to repeat’: he argues that because we haven't worked it through we tend to repeat what we ... More


A Subject is Being Beaten

Robert Rowland Smith

in Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640393
eISBN:
9780748671601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

On the surface, the death-drive cannot be rational: who in their right mind would ever wish for death? Is that really what Freud is talking about? And if so, why does he so rarely mention suicide? ... More


White Over Red

Robert Rowland Smith

in Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640393
eISBN:
9780748671601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter poses the following question: If Freud largely excludes destruction from the death-drive, where does it go, and how does it relate to death, if at all? Freud's answer, in short, is ... More


Literature – Repeat Nothing

Robert Rowland Smith

in Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640393
eISBN:
9780748671601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The flip side of destruction is creation, allegedly. This chapter sets out to see if the two are really so different, and whether the nature of creativity doesn't also fall within the death-drive's ... More


A Harmless Suggestion

Robert Rowland Smith

in Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640393
eISBN:
9780748671601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at the place of rhetoric and belief in the composition of death. Enter Macbeth, that character for whom the ‘suggestion’ by the witches of accession to the throne is powerful ... More


Beyond the Gothic principle

Fred Botting

in Limits of Horror: Technology, Bodies, Gothic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077548
eISBN:
9781781701904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077548.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

All of Gothic fiction turns upon a simple oscillation, on a singular differentiation, a child's game: ‘fort!’ ‘Da!’ A game of loss and recovery, with the former rather than latter in the driving ... More


Trauma and the Genealogy of the Death Drive

John Fletcher

in Freud and the Scene of Trauma

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254590
eISBN:
9780823260973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254590.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Eleven works through Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) to explicate the role of trauma and the associated notion of the compulsion to repeat in the formulation of the Death Instinct. It ... More


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