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Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction

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ISBN-10: 0823240568

ISBN-13: 9780823240562

Edition: 2012

Authors: Elissa Marder

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This book grows out of a longstanding fascination with the uncanny status of the mother in literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, film, and photography. The mother haunts Freud's writings on art and literature, emerges as an obscure stumbling block in his metapsychological accounts of thepsyche, and ultimately undermines his patriarchal accounts of the Oedipal complex as a foundation for human culture. The figure of the mother becomes associated with some of psychoanalysis's most unruly and enigmatic concepts (the uncanny, anxiety, the primal scene, the crypt, and magical thinking).Read in relation to deconstructive approaches to the work of mourning, this book shows how the maternal function challenges traditional psychoanalytic models of the subject, troubles existing systems of representation, and provides a fertile source for nonmimetic, nonlinear conceptions of time andspace.The readings in this book examine the uncanny properties of the maternal function in psychoanalysis, technology, and literature in order to show that the event of birth is radically unthinkable and often becomes expressed through uncontrollable repetitions that exceed the bounds of any subject. Thematernal body often serves as an unacknowledged reference point for modern media technologies such as photography and the telephone, which attempt to mimic its reproductive properties. To the extent that these technologies aim to usurp the maternal function, they are often deployed as a means ofregulating or warding off anxieties that are provoked by the experience of loss that real separation from the mother invariably demands. As the incarnation of our first relation to the strange exile of language, the mother is inherently a literary figure, whose primal presence in literary textsopens us up to the unspeakable relation to our own birth and, in so doing, helps us give birth to new and fantasmatic images of futures that might otherwise have remained unimaginable.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction: Pandora's Legacy
Psychoanalysis and the Maternal Function
The Sex of Death and the Maternal Crypt
Mourning, Magic, and Telepathy
The Sexual Animal and the Primal Scene of Birth
Back of Beyond: Anxiety and the Birth of the Future
Photography and the Prosthetic Maternal
On Psycho-Photography: Shame and Abu Ghraib
Avital Ronell's Body Politics
Blade Runner's Moving Still
Nothing to Say: Fragments on the Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Photo-Readings And The Possible Impossibilities of Literature
Darkroom Readings: Scenes of Maternal Photography
The Mother Tongue in Ph�dre and Frankenstein
Birthmarks (Given Names)
Bit: Mourning Remains in Derrida and Cixous