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Shell and the Kernel Renewals of Psychoanalysis

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ISBN-10: 0226000885

ISBN-13: 9780226000886

Edition: 1994

Authors: Nicolas Abraham, Maria Torok, Nicholas T. Rant, Nicholas T. Rand

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This volume is a superb introduction to the richness and originality of Abraham and Torok's approach to psychoanalysis and their psychoanalytic approach to literature. Abraham and Torok advocate a form of psychoanalysis that insists on the particularity of any individual's life story, the specificity of texts, and the singularity of historical situations. In what is both a critique and an extension of Freud, they develop interpretive strategies with powerful implications for clinicians, literary theorists, feminists, philosophers, and all others interested in the uses and limits of psychoanalysis. Central to their approach is a general theory of psychic concealment, a poetics of hiding. Whether in a clinical setting or a literary text, they search out the unspeakable secret as a symptom of devastating trauma revealed only in linguistic or behavioral encodings. Their view of trauma provides the linchpin for new psychic and linguistic structures such as the "transgenerational phantom," an undisclosed family secret handed down to an unwitting descendant, and the intra-psychic secret or "crypt," which entombs an unspeakable but consummated desire. Throughout, Abraham and Torok seek to restore communication with those intimate recesses of the mind which are, for one reason or another, denied expression. Classics of French theory and practice, the essays in volume one include four previously uncollected works by Maria Torok. Nicholas Rand supplies a substantial introductory essay and commentary throughout. Abraham and Torok's theories of fractured meaning and their search for coherence in the face of discontinuity and disruption have the potential to reshape not only psychoanalysis but all disciplines concerned with issues of textual, oral, or visual interpretation.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/1/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836

Note on the Translation
Introduction: Renewals of Psychoanalysis
Fantasy: An Attempt to Define Its Structure and Operation
The Meaning of "Penis Envy" in Women
The Shell and the Kernel: The Scope and Originality of Freudian Psychoanalysis
The Illness of Mourning and the Fantasy of the Exquisite Corpse
Mourning or Melancholia: Introjection versus Incorporation
"The Lost Object - Me": Notes on Endocryptic Identification
The Topography of Reality: Sketching a Metapsychology of Secrets
Self-to-Self Affliction: Notes of a Conversation on "Psychosomatics"
Notes on the Phantom: A Complement to Freud's Metapsychology
Story of Fear: The Symptoms of Phobia - the Return of the Repressed or the Return of the Phantom?
The Phantom of Hamlet or The Sixth Act, preceded by The Intermission of "Truth"
Psychoanalysis Lithographica
Unpublished by Freud to Fliess: Restoring an Oscillation
A Remembrance of Things Deleted: Between
Theoretra: An Alternative to Theory
Selected Bibliography