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Articles from January 2008

A Post-Kleinian Model for Aesthetic Criticism
This paper presents a piece of writing by the Kleinian art critic Adrian Stokes as a model for aesthetic criticism in general. First the limits of psychoanalytic interpretation are considered, with regard to the definition of an 'art symbol' made by...
At a Loss for Words: Writer's Block in Britten's Death in Venice
Based on Thomas Mann's story about an aging novelist's fateful obsession with an adolescent boy, Benjamin Britten's opera Death in Venice artfully dramatizes Mann's story of repressed sexuality masked as creative inhibition. Aschenbach's introductory...
Franz Kafka's « the Metamorphosis » : A Case Study
After reviewing the central strategies of psychoanalytic literary criticism, this paper engages in a detailed textual analysis of the German language of Kafka's "Metamorphosis," showing how the language of the story reveals unconscious fantasies about...
Like Two Skins, One Inside the Other": Dual Unity in Brokeback Mountain
By focusing on the specific language of Annie Proulx's story - with some references to the Ang Lee film - I speculate that the sources of imaginative production (writing) and popular reception (reading) lie in memories and evocations of early (infantile)...
Nachträglichkeit
In this paper, I show that Derrida is indebted to psychoanalysis as the Freudian concept of Nachträglichkeit (translated into English by Jones as 'deferred action) is central to Derridean concepts, such as 'Différance'. To do so, I first define the notion...
Poetic Conventions as Fossilized Cognitive Devices; the Case of Mediaeval and Renaissance Poetics
In mediaeval and Renaissance poetry the use of genres is conventional. The first person singular is frequently regarded as a rhetorical device rather than as evidence of personal experience. We should not, therefore, take for granted that we have explained...
Swiss Cows and an English Poet: Empathic Nostalgia in a Sonnet of Wordsworth's
The traditional Swiss cowherds' melody called the "Ranz des Vaches" has been famous for centuries for its uncanny ability to evoke extreme nostalgia. This paper analyzes a sonnet of Wordsworth's about his encounter with the "Ranz" in Switzerland in 1820....
That Deaf, Dumb, and Blind Boy: An Amazing Psychoanalytic Journey
Freud pioneered psychoanalysis as his method for investigating the conscious and unconscious psychic apparatus. Psychoanalysis is an avenue by which the analyst can explore the individual's compromises and conflicts in adaptation to the demands of social...
The Dramatic Presentation of Inner Turmoil: Shakespeare and John Berryman's Dream Songs
This paper examines John Berryman's Dream Songs from a psychoanalytic perspective. The paper formulates a means of discussing three factors that impinge on Henry's construction of himself: the heteroglossic nature of thought one's relationship to power...
Time, Memory, and the "Uncertain I": Transtemporal Subjectivity in Elizabeth Bowen's Short Fiction
Key to the psychological realism of Elizabeth Bowen's short fiction is her insight into human subjectivity via depictions of what I term "transtemporal subjectivity": the destabilized "I" as existing in a fluid realm comprised simultaneously of past...