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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


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


Lacan's Antigone

Terry Eagleton

in Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199559213
eISBN:
9780191594403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559213.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter concerns what Lacan calls the Real and its relationship with the inner truth of Antigone. Like God, the sublime, alcohol, and the unconscious, the Real is Janus‐faced, with both a ... More


Instincts or Drives?: The Birth of Psychoanalysis

Miguel de Beistegui

in The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226547374
eISBN:
9780226547404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226547404.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter concludes the genealogy of the homo sexualis by turning to the birth of psychoanalysis, and Freud's contribution to the debate regarding the place and role of sexual drives in a range of ... 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


An Impossible Embrace: Queerness, Futurity, and the Death Drive

Tim Dean

in A Time for the Humanities: Futurity and the Limits of Autonomy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823229192
eISBN:
9780823235063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823229192.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter argues that the death drive can also be a force of invention and creation rather than a will to destruction. The emphasis on the creative yet impersonal agency of the drive contests the ... More


The Problem with Parody: Masochism, the Death Drive, and the Laws of Thermodynamics in “Satō Haruo” and The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi

in This Perversion Called Love: Reading Tanizaki, Feminist Theory, and Freud

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804762335
eISBN:
9780804772518
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804762335.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines masochism and the death drive in Tanizaki Jun'ichirō's autobiographical essay “An account of the first half of my life, for Satō Haruo” and the novel The Secret History of the ... More


The Death Drive and Ethical Action

Andrea Hurst

in Derrida Vis-à-vis Lacan: Interweaving Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228744
eISBN:
9780823235179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228744.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter elaborates on the theme of action and its implications for Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytic account of ethical action. It shows that the masculine je, formed ... More


The Death Drive and the Im-Possibility of Psychoanalysis

Andrea Hurst

in Derrida Vis-à-vis Lacan: Interweaving Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823228744
eISBN:
9780823235179
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823228744.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Derrida's three theses on Sigmund Freud are bound together by a common thread, namely, the divisive specter of death at the heart of life. This chapter looks at the second ... More


For the Love of Psychoanalysis: The Play of Chance in Freud and Derrida

Elizabeth Rottenberg

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780823284115
eISBN:
9780823286065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823284115.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

For the Love of Psychoanalysis: The Play of Chance in Freud and Derrida is a book about what exceeds or resists calculation—in life and in death. It is a book about what emerges, and perhaps only ... More


Prosthetic Objects: On Sigmund Freud’s Ambivalent Attachments

Lana Lin

in Freud's Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780823277711
eISBN:
9780823280568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823277711.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter examines Freud’s ambivalent attachment to his prosthetic jaw, a result of his addiction to smoking. It argues that illness highlights the technological predicament in which humans as ... More


Party Joyce: From the ‘Dead’ to When We ‘Wake’

Jean-Michel Rabaté

in The Modernist Party

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748647316
eISBN:
9780748684380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748647316.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In ‘Party Joyce: From the “Dead” to When We “Wake”’, Jean-Michel Rabaté traces Joyce’s ‘party vector’ from the Morkan sisters’ annual dinner-dance to the Christmas dinner of A Portrait of the Artist ... More


“They Had No Rest from This Torment”: Encountering the Apocalypse of Peter

Brock Perry

in Sexual Disorientations: Queer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780823277513
eISBN:
9780823280483
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823277513.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

Many have been left behind by the apparent push into a brighter future of growing civil and religious acceptance for LGBTQ people. Taking note of the rhetoric of recent accounts of the progress for ... More


The Death Drive

Anna Katharina Schaffner

in Exhaustion: A History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231172301
eISBN:
9780231538855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter explores the importance of concepts of energy and exhaustion in Freud's oeuvre, with a focus on his theory of the death drive and the idea that our energies can be used up in internal ... More


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