Speaking Desires can be Dangerous: The Poetics of the Unconscious
April 2000, Polity
Part I: Psychoanalysis and Literature: Freud.
1. What is a psychoanalytic reading?.
2. The uncanny and its poetics.
3. The vagaries of fantasy: Kubin's The Other Side. .
4. Maladies of the soul: the poetics of Julia Kristeva.
Part II: Psychoanalysis and Language: Lacan.
5. What is discourse?.
6. The indirections of desire: Hamlet. .
7. Inscribing the body politic: Robert Coover's Spanking the Maid. .
8. What does Woman want?: The Double Life of Véronique.
Part III Patients and Analysts: Readers and texts.
9. What is a clinical 'case'?.
10. The rhetoric of clinical discourse: Dialogue with Sammy. .
11. The rhetoric of clinical management: Bion and Minuchin.
12. Out of tune: Elfriede Jelinek's The Piano Teacher.
* Explores the relationship between art and literature and the clinical practice of psychoanalysis.
*Written by one of the leading authors within the field.
"Elizabeth Wright provides a "how-to" handbook on reading
literary texts through psychoanalytic theory. She carefully and
intelligently presents a compact description of a psychoanalytic
reading, defines "discourse", as well as the "clinical case". These
are the three core concepts for any understanding of a
psychoanalytic approach to literature and language. They are well
illustrated by insightful and comprehensible examples from
Shakespeare to the German expressionist Alfred Kubin and the
American writer Robert Coover and by examples from pyschoanalysts
Julia Kristeva, Joyce McDougall and Wilfred Bion. An indispensable
guide for student and critic alike." Sander Gilman
"With an acute eye Speaking Desires seamlessly weaves together psychoanalytic theory and literary criticism as only one equally at ease in both discourses can do." Psychoanalytic Studies
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