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Articles from January 2011

A Matter of Shared Knowledge
abstractThe link connecting a reader to a text is so strong that we cannot consider the one without also looking at the other. All too frequently, literary reception is studied by focusing either on the textual features or on the reader's dispositional...
Are Women Really Focalized?
abstractThe aim of this paper is to find a way how a psychoanalytic-feminist abstraction and cinematographic-visual facts can interact each other. The goal is to examine the correspondence between the concept of male gaze and focalization, and to find...
Black Magic and White Guilt: Voodoo in Angel Heart
abstractOn first viewing, Alan Parker's 1987 film Angel Heart may seem like just another in a long line of films that equate voodoo with Satanism, blacks with the black arts. However, the film also struggles toward an acknowledgment of white guilt, an...
Boundaries of the Soul: Failure to Acknowledge the Separateness of Others as a Sign of Evil in Oscar Wilde's the Picture of Dorian Gray
abstractBefore the 1983 publication of M. Scott Peck's People of the Lie, the diagnosis of evil had never entered the psychiatric lexicon. To allow for this designation within the medical sphere, Dr. Peck's case histories illustrate the salient characteristics...
Chopin's "The Awakening": A Semiotic Novel
abstractA most popular novel among feminist critics in the last forty years, Kate Chopin's "The Awakening", though obviously about the mistreatment of women by the patriarchy, has more often invited a psychoanlytic approach. Edna Pontellier's motherlessness...
Deviant Desires: The Queerness of the Fetish in Adalbert Stifter's Kalkstein
abstractReading Adalbert Stifter's Kalkstein through the lens of psychoanalysis and markedly, yet cautiously alongside Freud's essay on "Fetishism," there is an uncanniness that resides in our recognition of the multiplicity of gestures towards queer...
Giving Birth to Ourselves
abstractThis paper presents concepts about women's self development, closely connected to the issues of time, and also demonstrates these women's issues through certain poems of Sylvia Plath (Lady Lazarus and Tulips). It is discussing birth-giving -...
Greek Tragedy as a Challenge to Modernism: A Depth Psychological Perspective
abstractFar from being a recent invention, depth psychological thinking already features extensively in classical Greek mythology, more specifically in the stage plays of the great Athenian tragedians of the fifth century BCE. In this century large parts...
It's Hard out Here for an Immortal: Angst and Ennui in Interview with the Vampire and the Television Series Highlander
abstractThis paper explores the ambivalence of psychological reactions to immortality. Immortal characters seem to assuage existential anxiety, by facilitating the desire for death transcendence, while simultaneously arousing concerns about the feasibility...
Post-Traumatic Parataxis and the Search for a "Survivor by Proxy" in Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
abstractIn light of works by Primo Levi, trauma theory (Herman), psychoanalytic criticism (Hartman, White), and criticism concerned with the poem's dialogism (Macovski, Wheeler), this article reads Coleridge's "Rime" as a post-traumatic, paratactic narrative...
Situating the "Real," Discovering Desire
abstractGerhard Richter grew up during the war and Soviet occupation of East Germany. After working briefly in the East, he moved to the West in 1961 to develop his career as an artist. I examine Richter's work through the prism of Lacanian theory. Lacan...
Some Remarks on the Nature of Trochees and Iambs and Their Relationship to Other Metres
abstractTheoreticians from Aristotle and Horace through Jespersen to Halle and Keyser noted that the iambic metre is felt to be more natural than the trochaic, even in Hungarian, where stress falls invariably on the first syllable of a word. Most explanations...
"SOMETHING IS ROTTEN..." in Hamlet's Denmark: Claudius as Perverse and Psychopathic Character
abstractThis paper presents a late-20th century interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet using Bruce Fink's account of the Lacanian theory of character structures, the work of Robert Hare on white-collar psychopathy, Lucie Cantin on the pervert-hysteric...
The Monstrous Brain: A Neuropsychoanalytic Aesthetics of Horror
abstractPsychoanalysis touches many aspects of the 'two cultures' which seem so hard to reconcile and some analysts oppose neuropsychoanalysis as a dangerous biologizing of the mind (Blass and Carmeli 2007). It may seem that psychoanalytic applications...
The Non-Duality of Self-Expression
abstractThis article explores the non-dual nature of the creative act in its essentially unitive or unifying aspect, based upon the revelations which can arise from an earnest self-inquiry. This unifying creative action then is viewed as a response of...
The Rock Opera Tommy by the Who Illustrates the Psychodynamics of Conversion Hysteria
abstractThis article demonstrates how the rock opera Tommy, written primarily by Peter Townshend of The Who, illustrates the psychodynamics of conversion hysteria. Although the validity of conversion hysteria as a unitary clinical entity is rejected...
Trauma and Narration in David Cronenberg's Spider
abstractTrauma points to the Real, to that which - for instance, in the shape of an overwhelming situation capable of flooding its victim with pain and panic - fractures the integrity of reason and of the psychic shell. It quite literally wounds the...
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