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A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture

A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Culture

Laura Marcus (Editor), Ankhi Mukherjee (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-61022-0

Mar 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

456 pages



This concise companion explores the history of psychoanalytic theory and its impact on contemporary literary criticism by tracing its movement across disciplinary and cultural boundaries.

  • Contains original essays by leading scholars, using a wide range of cultural and historical approaches
  • Discusses key concepts in psychoanalysis, such as the role of dreaming, psychosexuality, the unconscious, and the figure of the double, while considering questions of gender, race, asylum and international law, queer theory, time, and memory
  • Spans the fields of psychoanalysis, literature, cultural theory, feminist and gender studies, translation studies, and film.
  • Provides a timely and pertinent assessment of current psychoanalytic methods while also sketching out future directions for theory and interpretation
Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction: Psychoanalysis at the Margins 1
Laura Marcus

Part I Histories 13

1 The Freudian Century 15
Stephen Frosh

2 The Case Study 34
Andrew Webber

3 Modernity, the Occult, and Psychoanalysis 49
Carolyn Burdett

4 Back to Frankfurt School 66
Laurence A. Rickels

5 The Exception of Psychoanalysis: Adorno and Cavell as Readers of Freud 82
Daniel Steuer

Part II Literatures 103

6 Freud’s Textual Couch, or the Ambassador’s Magic Carpet 105
Jean-Michel Rabaté

7 Freud’s Double 122
Nicholas Royle

8 Medieval Dreams 137
Nicolette Zeeman

9 Queer Desire, Psychoanalytic Hermeneutics, and Love Lyric 151
Tim Dean

10 Psychoanalysis, Literature, and the “Case” of Adolescence 167
Pamela Thurschwell

Part III Visual Cultures 191

11 Intimate Volver 193
Frances L. Restuccia

12 Psychoanalysis, Popular and Unpopular 216
Catherine Liu

13 Primetime Psychoanalysis 233
Ankhi Mukherjee

14 The Art of the Symptom: Body, Writing, and Sex Change 250
Patricia Gherovici

15 The Desert of the Real 271
Todd McGowan

Part IV Transformations 287

16 “One of the Most Obscure Regions of Psychoanalysis”: Defamiliarizing Psychic Economy 289
Anna Kornbluh

17 Chronolibido: From Socrates to Lacan and Beyond 312
Martin Hägglund

18 Psychoanalytic Animal 328
Maud Ellmann

19 On the Right to Sleep, Perchance to Dream 351
Ranjana Khanna

20 Freud on Cultural Translation 367
Robert J.C. Young

21 Psychoanalysis and Pedagogy: Narratives of Teaching 385
Isobel Armstrong

22 Touching and Not Touching 410
Naomi Segal

Index 425