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Articles from January 2014

A Freudian Reading of John Fowles' "The Ebony Tower"
John Fowles' "The Ebony Tower" (1974) introduces two character-triangles which speak to Freud's three aspects of the psyche. Henry Breasley, Anne and Diana on one side and David Williams, Beth and Diana on the other are respectively tied up to the ego,...
Blake's "Book of Thel" and the Stimulus Barrier
William Blake's illuminated poem The Book of Thel (1789-91) tells the story of its title character's voyage, prompted by her questions about her world and herself, into a "land unknown" (6:2),[1] where she is assaulted by a flood of new sensations that...
Disruptions of the Real in Almodóvar's Films: The Psychological Perspective in Pepi, Luci, Bom Y Otras Chicas del Montón (1980) and Matador (1986)
Critical attitude towards the films of Pedro Almodóvar must of necessity include an understanding of risky, but vital notions, such as the defiance of authority, the disturbance of the grand organizing schemes, and the inclusion of marginal behaviors...
Emanuel Swedenborg, Transpersonal Psychology and the Literary Text
The theosophist and visionary Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) was undoubtedly the most influential spiritualist on both sides of the Atlantic during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He has influenced a wide number of philosophers, psychologists...
Every Day Is a Box for the Reaper Crew: The Quest for Death Transcendence and Conflicting Moral Virtues in Sons of Anarchy?
The FX television show Sons of Anarchy (SOA) depicts a frenetic, gritty, and brutal world inhabited by rival motorcycle clubs, drug cartels, gangsters, and myriad law enforcement agencies, in which viewers encounter ambiguous and morally complex characters...
Freud's "Uncanny" (Unheimlich) in David Vogel's Married Life: Impressionism and Expressionism in a Belligerent Relationship
Married Life, by the Jewish author and poet David Vogel, a provocative novel at the time of its publication in Jerusalem in 1929, is still considered a masterpiece of Hebrew literature. Yet, according to Moshe Ben-Menachem, when Vogel, who lived most...
Happening to Oneself: Zen, Taoism, and Jungian Individuation as Paths to Spirituality in Edward Gorey's the Object Lesson and Shel Silverstein's the Missing Piece
Carl Jung writes in Psychology and Religion: West and East that "It is not I who create myself, rather I happen to myself" (qtd. in Rosen 15). This surprisingly Taoist statement is perhaps a perfect way to define the separation between spirituality and...
Into the Zone of the Interior: A Novel View of Anti-Psychiatry
Zone of the Interior is a satirical novel - published in the 70s in the US but not until 2005 in the UK - by an American, Clancy Sigal, about anti-psychiatry in Britain in the 1960s. Sigal, a novelist, journalist and left-wing political activist - who...
Is This Her Fault or Mine?
Male bewilderment and consternation about female desire is timeless. Men often conclude that female sexuality provokes male lust, and that vice among men can be controlled by diminishing provocation from women. This belief has led, and continues to lead...
'Knots': Drawing out Threads of the Literary Laing
IntroductionThe radical Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing's Knots (1970) - "a disconcerting, unclassifiable book ... sort of a collection of logico-psychological poems", in the words of Félix Guattari (37) - sold 75,000 copies in the first few weeks...
Looking for the Secret: Death and Desire in the Prestige
The Prestige.Following the critical acclaim and box office success of Batman Begins (2005), Christopher Nolan returned to a smaller-scale project with The Prestige (2006), a period film centred on the rivalry between two competing magicians. The reviews...
More Than Tattoos: Rhetorical Discourse and Autism in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lisbeth Salander, the principal character of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, represents a woman of contrasts. Stieg Larsson's narrator describes her as "someone who seems 'out of place' and yet the 'ablest investigator' (28) her business...
Mother-Daughter Ambivalence According to Sigmund Freud and Chantal Akerman
The Chantal Akerman films discussed below uncannily reflect the contradictions that frustrated Freud, and I'll demonstrate that they also contribute new information in the form of affective visuals that advance Freud's theories. Besides the fact that...
Oral Stage as a "Strange Attractor" in Kechiche's Film the Secret of the Grain
First let me quickly review the main ideas that Freud, Karl Abraham, and Melanie Klein wrote about this important phase of human sexual development.In Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (1905), Freud initially characterized the first phase of pregenital...
Paroxysms of the Mind: Narration, Consciousness, and the Self in William Godwin's Things as They Are; or, the Adventures of Caleb Williams
Rational Animals, Perverse Souls, and Biomechanical PuppetsThe human capacity for rational deliberation is one of the most fundamental concepts in Western thought from Aristotle to the Age of Enlightenment. However, as psychologist Paul Bloom has recently...
Pedro Almodovar's la Piel Que Habito : A Psychoanalytical Case Study.**
IThe first idea, the first words that occur to me when asked to express my appreciation for Almodovar's movie is a plain exclamation about the beauty of the heroine : « Quelle est belle! » And since one of the rules of psychoanalysis is to let one's...
Snarling into the Abyss: An Analytical Account of the Psychological Meaning of Distortion in Francis Bacon's (1909 - 1992) Portraiture
It is taken for granted that the reader has at least a cursory knowledge of the life and works of Francis Bacon. It is nevertheless necessary to outline some important life events to give context to our topic. Bacon was born in Dublin in 1909, the only...
The Neuro-Philosophy of Archetype in Visual Aesthetics: From Plato to Zeki and Beyond
1. Introduction'...forms do not have an existence without a brain.'(Zeki 1998)'...it is possible that some types of art...are activating brain mechanisms in such a way as to tap into...certain innate form primitives which we do not yet fully understand.'(Ramachandran...
The Philosopher and the Beast: Plato's Fear of Tragedy
I-IntroductionIn the second half of the fourteenth century, a few decades before the reintroduction of the complete text of the Platonic dialogue Republic in Western Europe (in Latin), the Italian humanist and poet Giovanni Boccaccio could still safely...
The Subject, the Object and the Law : Jacques Lacan's Object a and « le Graphe »
Already, then, we have a structure: what I desire and what controls my access to the desired object. As to what this object is, this is altogether another matter, the core of the problem indeed! The oedipal triangle, which represents the first step in...
The Trauma of the Flashback: Memory and Its Suffering (Negotiated through Gerhard Richter's Painting 'September.')
A Version of this paper was delivered at:Journeys Across Media 2014Memory and ImaginationFriday 25th April 2014 at Reading University, UK.So here, it seems, is what came about - what happened to them, then came down to us.And this was an event, perhaps...
Understanding the Significance and Purpose of Violence in the Short Stories of Roald Dahl
2. Introductiona) Dahl's Short Stories: The Critical ReceptionRoald Dahl's most successful short stories are a savage, sophisticated fusion of stylistic, formal and thematic elements derived from the American short fiction of Edgar Allen Poe, O. Henry...
What Happens When the Body Matters?: Phantom Transmissions and Corporeal Textualities in the Life and Work of Olive Schreiner and J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace
Something outside of us has been stored inside of us. How did it get there?Stephen Mitchell, From ghosts to ancestors (1998, p.845)In my clinical work I have regularly encountered the ways in which the psychiatric establishment diminishes somatic complaints...
Wordsworth's Prescient Baby: Conceptions of the Mother-Infant Relationship in the Development of the Self 1790s-1890s
IntroductionThis article will explore late eighteenth and nineteenth century views of the mother-infant[1] relationship and how they reveal conceptions of the self. I will investigate historical changes in the understanding of infantile development,...
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