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The Writing of AnxietyThe Childhood of Anxiety

The Writing of Anxiety: The Childhood of Anxiety [As we saw in the last chapter, psychoanalytic narratives about childhood anxiety found a new and powerful resonance in wartime. There is also a sense, however, in which children in this period come to represent the childhood of anxiety; as if the labours of constituting a world in which the fiction of the ego might at least endure, signalled so poignantly by the psychic trials of the infant, become a sort of working metaphor for the anxiety of trying to imagine a world at war. Writing about how one imagines oneself in wartime, I want to suggest in this chapter, begins to share a vocabulary with descriptions of the effort of imagining oneself as separate, as ‘weaned’ or, in the most intense historical literalization of separation anxiety in the 1940s, ‘evacuated’.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Writing of AnxietyThe Childhood of Anxiety

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007
ISBN
978-1-349-28456-6
Pages
33 –54
DOI
10.1057/9780230592025_3
Publisher site
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Abstract

[As we saw in the last chapter, psychoanalytic narratives about childhood anxiety found a new and powerful resonance in wartime. There is also a sense, however, in which children in this period come to represent the childhood of anxiety; as if the labours of constituting a world in which the fiction of the ego might at least endure, signalled so poignantly by the psychic trials of the infant, become a sort of working metaphor for the anxiety of trying to imagine a world at war. Writing about how one imagines oneself in wartime, I want to suggest in this chapter, begins to share a vocabulary with descriptions of the effort of imagining oneself as separate, as ‘weaned’ or, in the most intense historical literalization of separation anxiety in the 1940s, ‘evacuated’.]

Published: Oct 6, 2015

Keywords: Separation Anxiety; Child Victim; Dead Child; Land Distribution; Childhood Innocence

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