A Concise Companion to Psychoanalysis, Literature and Culture

Author(s): Laura Marcus


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


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Laura Marcus is Goldsmiths Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. She was previously Regius Professor of Rhetoric and Literature at the University of Edinburgh. Her research and teaching interests are in nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century literature and culture, with particular focus on modernism, Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury culture, life writing, literature and film, the history of psychoanalysis, and contemporary fiction. She is the author of several books, including The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (2007) and the forthcoming books Dreams of Modernity: Literature, Psychoanalysis, Cinema (2014) and Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction (2014). Ankhi Mukherjee is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford. She was previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of English. Her research interests include nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century British, Anglophone, and world literatures, with particular focus on critical and cultural theory, intellectual history, the novel, postcolonial studies, and psychoanalysis. She is the author of What is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon (2013) and Aesthetic Hysteria: The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Fiction (2007).

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 Rabate 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 Hagglund 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

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  • : 9781405188609
  • : John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • : Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • : May 2014
  • : 236mm X 153mm X 27mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Laura Marcus
  • : Hardback
  • : 801.92
  • : 450