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Primal Scenes of Reading

Adam Watt

in Reading in Proust's A la recherche: 'le délire de la lecture'

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199566174
eISBN:
9780191721519
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566174.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, European Literature

This chapter considers the revelations of the narrator's childhood ‘Primal Scenes’ of reading (François le Champi with his mother and reading in and out of doors in Combray) from which the narrator ... More


The Sexual Animal and the Primal Scene of Birth

Elissa Marder

in The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823240555
eISBN:
9780823240593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter suggests that the case history Wolf Man not only provides Freud's most sustained articulation of the concept of the primal scene in psychoanalysis, but also that the case itself ... More


Reading in Proust's A la recherche: 'le délire de la lecture'

Adam Watt

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199566174
eISBN:
9780191721519
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566174.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, European Literature

This book, through close analysis of the scenes of reading in Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu, offers an invigorating new study of the novel and previously unacknowledged paths through it. ... More


The Wolf Man I: Constructing the Primal Scene

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/9780823254590.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Nine addresses the term ‘primal scene’ in its first emergence as part of the theory of traumatic seduction in Draft L and accompanying letter to Fliess – Urszene, where it is part of the ... More


The Wolf Man II: Interpreting the Primal Scene

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/9780823254590.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Ten continues the discussion of the Wolf Man case by considering how Freud’s retrospective construction of the parental primal scene, inferred from the Wolf dream (and discussed in Chapter ... More


Blade Runner's Moving Still

Elissa Marder

in The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823240555
eISBN:
9780823240593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the relationship between humans and androids in Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner by looking at how the film reflects on its own status as a film and the role that ... More


The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction

Elissa Marder

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823240555
eISBN:
9780823240593
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book examines the uncanny status of the mother in literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, film, and photography. Beginning with close readings of the figure of the mother within psychoanalytic ... More


Freud and the Scene of Trauma

John Fletcher

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823254590
eISBN:
9780823260973
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254590.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book is a study of the central role of trauma in Freud’s thought and practice. It argues that it is Freud’s mapping of trauma as a scene, the elaboration of a scenography of trauma, that is ... More


Birthmarks (Given Names)

Elissa Marder

in The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780823240555
eISBN:
9780823240593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores three recent fictional texts by Hélène Cixous (Or: Les lettres de mon père, Osnabrück, and Les Rêveries de la femme sauvage: scènes primitives) and shows how she invents, ... More


Happy Endings II: The Unfortunate Traveller, the “Frenzy of the Visible,” and the Comedy of Anti-Semitism

Will Stockton

in Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816674596
eISBN:
9781452946702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816674596.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyzes Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller, using Linda Williams’s study of hard-core pornography’s “frenzied” attempt to spectacularize female pleasure. Beginning more or less at ... More


Uncanny Repetitions: Freud, Hoffmann, and the Death-Work

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/9780823254590.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Twelve considers Freud’s 1919 essay “The Uncanny” contemporary with the incubation of the emergent concepts of the Death Instinct and the Superego. It locates these in the motifs of the ... More


Onslaughts on Filiation: Lautréamont's Chants de Maldoror

Rodolphe Gasché

in The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234349
eISBN:
9780823241279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter is devoted to the first song of Lautréamont's Chants de Maldoror. It brings a significantly and qualitatively different scene of production of the text into view: rather than letting ... More


Leonardo’s Screen Memory

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/9780823254590.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter Six is the first of two chapters that deal with Freud’s analysis of Leonardo’s memory of being visited in his cradle by a bird that aggressively penetrated his mouth with its tail, as the key ... More


Pointed Instants: Blanchot’s Exigencies

Jeff Fort

in The Imperative to Write: Destitutions of the Sublime in Kafka, Blanchot and Beckett

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780823254699
eISBN:
9780823260836
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254699.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter provides an overview of Part 2 of the book, devoted to Maurice Blanchot (chapters 5-7), arguing that the separation between writing and life so categorically asserted by Blanchot is ... More


Prologue

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/9780823254590.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Prologue considers two cases, from Freud’s correspondence with Wilhelm Fliess, of sexual abuse and their consequent symptoms (January 24th and December 22nd 1897) on either side of his ... More


Blanchot of Quain: Genealogy, Birth, Childhood (1907–1918)

Christophe Bident

in Maurice Blanchot: A Critical Biography

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823281763
eISBN:
9780823284825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823281763.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Describes the circumstances of Maurice Blanchot’s birth, and looks into the background of his family in rural France. Ends with discussion of Blanchot’s key text on his childhood, the ‘primal scene.’


Queer Hitchcock

David Greven

in Intimate Violence: Hitchcock, Sex, and Queer Theory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190214166
eISBN:
9780190214197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190214166.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter argues for a queer Hitchcock by considering three examples of his sensibility and concerns: first, his 1960 film adaptation of Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho and the transformation of the ... More


Marnie’s Queer Resilience

David Greven

in Intimate Violence: Hitchcock, Sex, and Queer Theory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190214166
eISBN:
9780190214197
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190214166.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The forms of intimate violence that Hitchcock’s films frequently depict find a newly politicized urgency in Marnie. The character Marnie’s queer resilience can be described as her constant effort to ... More


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Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

in Poetics of History: Rousseau and the Theater of Originary Mimesis

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780823282340
eISBN:
9780823286201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823282340.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter sets out to show that Rousseau’s concept of man as an animal with a deficit of animality leads to a thinking of man as having a “sur-vival,” an “over-life” and a “meta-physical” life, ... More


Ending and Unending Agony: On Maurice Blanchot

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264575
eISBN:
9780823266807
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264575.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Published posthumously in 2011, Ending and Unending Agony is Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe’s only book entirely devoted to the French writer and essayist Maurice Blanchot (1907–2003). The place of ... More


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