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[Intervening in contemporary debates about psychoanalysis, this book emerges from the post-structuralist account of Freud, especially as it was undertaken by Jacques Derrida — but not without some scepticism towards that account, especially its celebration of apparent failures of meaning that...
[How significant are apparently incidental or subsidiary features of Freud’s writing to his larger theoretical enterprise? How seriously should one take asides, disclaimers, interruptions, digressions, counterintuitive points of textual organization or essayistic structure and, in particular,...
[In the first part (1992) of Angels in America, Tony Kushner has Harper, the saddened wife of a secretly homosexual husband, make a statement that, in isolation, would seem plainly self-evident:
If I didn’t ever see you before and I don’t think I did, then I don’t think you should be here, in...
[Freud himself draws attention to the compulsive and burdening quality of his inherited-memory theory. The arguments in Moses and Monotheism ‘tormented’ him ‘like an unlaid ghost’, obliging him to write them out; he could not do without them. Fully aware that psycho-Lamarckism was viewed by...
[On 12 August 1904, Rilke wrote to Franz Kappus:
If there is anything morbid in your processes, just remember that sickness is the means by which an organism frees itself of foreign matter [ein Organismus sich von Fremdem befreit]; so one must help it to be sick, to have its whole sickness and...
[The British novelist Richard Hughes was influenced by Freud. Psychoanalytic ideas are woven into The Fox in the Attic (1961), which is preoccupied with the German experience of World War I. Hughes has passages that are extraordinarily interesting post-psychoanalytic accounts of psychological...
[Vladimir Nabokov was exuberantly contemptuous of Freud’s work. ‘Let the credulous and the vulgar continue to believe,’ he said in an interview, ‘that all mental woes can be cured by a daily application of old Greek myths to their private parts.’1 In Lolita (1955), he has Humbert Humbert delight...
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