Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading

Hardcover | September 15, 1999

byMary Jacobus

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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 thetransmission 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 Britishobject 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.

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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 thetransmission of thoughts and feelings between one...

1989: Anderson Professor of English and Women's Studies, Cornell University 1982-89: Professor of English, Cornell University 1980-82: Associate Professor of English, Cornell University 1972-80: Lecturer, English Faculty, Oxford University 1971-80: Fellow and Tutor in English, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University 1970-7...

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198184344

ISBN - 13:9780198184348

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IntroductionPart I: Scenes of Reading1. The Room in the Book: Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading2. A Whole World in Your Head: Rereading the Landscape of AbsencePart II: Reading Trauma3. White Skin, Black Masks: Reading with Different Eyes4. Border Crossings: Traumatic Reading and Holocaust MemoryPart III: Romantic Women5. Guilt that Wants a Name: Mary Shelley's Unreadability6. Traces of an Accusing Spirit: Mary Hays and the Vehicular State

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`stimulating ... This is a theoretically rich book, which, while deeply imbedded within the discourse of psychoanalysis, never becomes weighted down with its own theoretical apparatus.' M. Uebel, Choice, Jul/Aug. 00.