Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading - Clarendon Lectures in English 1997 (Hardback)
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Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading - Clarendon Lectures in English 1997 (Hardback)

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Hardback 254 Pages / Published: 26/08/1999
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Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading explores some of the ways in which we think about reading and the effects reading has on us. Whether considered as a process, a representation, or a cultural activity, reading involves the idea about inner and outer, absence and boundaries, and the transmission of thoughts and feelings between one person or historical period and another. These ideas provide the basis for much of our thinking about subjectivity and receive their fullest elaboration in the twentieth-century discourse of psychoanalysis. Drawing on the rich tradition of British object relations, Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading is a literary critics approach to the scene of reading understood from a pyschoanalytic perspective. Linked essays on books and interiority, memory and landscape, trauma and literary transmission provide a subtle account of writing by Woolf, Austen, Rousseau, and Romantic women, as well as fictional accounts of slavery and colonialism, and Holocaust memoirs.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198184348
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 414 g
Dimensions: 224 x 143 x 19 mm


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It is utopian deconstruction that Jacobus begins to unpack in these essays. In the process she opens up a rich field of possibilities, including the extension of her approach from reading to writing (often implicit in her analyses), the question of what it is in (much) Romantic writing that is uniquely consonant with such an approach, and (as my last comments suggest) the thinking of this transitional reading/writing between psychoanaysis and other theoretical discourses * The Wordsworth Circle, Vol.XXXII, No.4 *
Offers a new approach to reading with ramifications that go beyond the Romantic texts which are her main (but not exclusive) focus * The Wordsworth Circle, Vol.XXXII, No.4 *

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