Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture

Author(s) : Esther Rashkin

Unspeakable Secrets and the Psychoanalysis of Culture

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  • Publisher : State University of New York Press
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 272
  • Category :
    Culture and Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 27994
  • ISBN 13 : 9780791475331
  • ISBN 10 : 0791475336

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See catalogue number 29198 for the paperback edition. Explores the radical political potential of close reading to make the case for a new and invigorated psychoanalytic cultural studies. Esther Rashkin argues that psychoanalysis galvanizes, as no other discipline can, an understanding of texts in their social, historical, and political contexts. Demonstrating that close reading can be a radical political practice, she exposes heretofore unseen ideologies concealed in works of film and literature, from "Last Tango in Paris" to "The Picture of Dorian Gray", from Barthes's "Mythologies" and Balzac's "Sarrasine" to Babette's Feast". Psychoanalytic concepts such as identification with the aggressor, the crypt, cryptonymy, illness of mourning, and the phantom allow Rashkin to reveal how shameful and unspeakable secrets propel the narratives she examines. In the process, she convincingly makes the case for a new practice of psychoanalytic cultural studies, a practice that fully engages with the politicized discourses - anti-Semitism, racism, colonialism, censorship - that mark a text's location in history.

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