Aggressive Movements in
Psychoanalysis: Klein, Winnicott,
The philosophy we want is one of fluxions and mobility.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
In this chapter I make constellations of Klein's, Winnicott's, and Irigaray's thinking on relations between infant and mother. Their array of figures for space and aggression (appearing now as mobility, now as hate) will prove resources for the literary-historical arguments of subsequent chapters. Aggression will prove a resource against nostalgia— much as mobility and aggression are resources for Emerson, who presides over this chapter and represents an antecedent American inflection of the British and French thinkers. 1. My thoughts in this chapter are partial in both senses of the word: they comprise a specific argument and they are not meant as a comprehensive overview. It will seem odd at first to read Irigaray along with Klein and Winnicott. Aside from the fact of their inhabiting different historical and intellectual universes, Klein remained committed to specific fantasies of the body's organs, corporeal containers, and alimentary systems in ways that Irigaray rejects; and Winnicott, who had little interest in theorizing language, would proba-____________________