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Theoretical approaches
Finn Stepputat

as well as other political and moral communities. This chapter sets out the theoretical terrain that the authors of the volume navigate in their analyses, a terrain where dead bodies and sovereign practice intersect. More specifically it looks at four different approaches, including psychoanalysis (‘fear of death’), critical theory (‘between bio- and necropolitics’), the anthropology of rituals (‘sacralisation of authority’) and lastly more recent ideas of materiality and alterity (‘dead agency’). Fear of death The point seems rather banal and commonsensical: the

in Governing the dead
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Françoise breaks free?
Richard Bates

later views, on gender politics especially, were shaped to a far greater extent by those of her family milieu. Questions of gender and feminine identity were central to Dolto’s initial encounter with psychoanalysis, and the psychoanalysts who facilitated Dolto’s breach with her family largely shared her parents’ views on these issues. 2 Though undergoing psychoanalysis and training to become an analyst helped Dolto to gain professional qualifications and personal independence, it also confronted her with new arguments as to why it

in Psychoanalysis and the family in twentieth-century France
Catherine Spencer

sociological models were data-driven and evidence-based, but also intimately intertwined with psychoanalysis, psychology, structuralism and semiotics. 46 As Mariano Ben Plotkin notes in his history of psychoanalysis in Argentina, students of these subjects saw themselves as ‘agents’ of ‘modernization’. 47 Their commitment to sociology and psychology, together with the more established discourse of psychoanalysis, which had enjoyed huge influence in Argentina since the 1920s, provided them with tools to analyse rapid sociocultural change, and in turn affirmed their

in Beyond the Happening
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Communication studies
Catherine Spencer

galvanised multiple disciplines after the Second World War, including sociology, anthropology, mathematics and engineering, psychology, psychiatry and antipsychiatry, as well as revisionist approaches to psychoanalysis. Equally, as early as 1961 Johnston perceptively noted with regard to Happenings that ‘a concern with communication must have played a part in the formative period, and now that concern, or the results at least, assume special importance’. 46 The centrality of this concern reflected the growth of communications theory in sociology and psychology during

in Beyond the Happening
Renate Günther

latter also shows a certain progression towards the deconstruction of gendered identities in India Song and, even more prominently, in Agatha. The preoccupation in Duras with questions of gender and sexuality may be usefully theorised by drawing on ideas central to feminist psychoanalysis. Although both feminism and psychoanalysis have lost the central position they occupied among the various approaches to film studies

in Marguerite Duras
Hanneke Canters and Grace M. Jantzen

CHAPTER 5 Interpretative synopsis of Elemental Passions Images for a female subject Introduction Elemental Passions has given us an insight into a new way of thinking, using images of fluidity which reconfigure sexual difference and thereby subvert the rigidity of the binary logic of traditional philosophy and psychoanalysis. In this chapter we would like to select some of the most important of these images which have emerged in the commentary on Elemental Passions and look at them in more detail. We suggest that these unaccustomed images of fluidity could

in Forever fluid
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Nicholas Royle

Side thinking might, however, seem a possible name for what was going on elsewhere at the time and is still being elaborated, another thinking of language which if it is to be described as ‘linguistic turn’ is a veering also into the body, of the body, and entails just as much new ways of construing what is beyond language, a new thinking of psychoanalysis, of a Freud beside himself (what she writes about so hauntingly, for instance, in ‘Fiction and Its Phantoms’ in 1974). 22 It’s a new thinking of ‘femininity’s side’ (as she calls it in ‘Sorties’, hence the

in Hélène Cixous
‘Transformational objects’ and the Gothic fiction of Richard Marsh
Graeme Pedlingham

, Museums, Objects, and Collections, p. 66. 24 See, for example, Brown, Sense of Things, p. 33. 25 C. Bollas, The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known (London: Free Association, 1987), p. 13. 26 Bollas, Shadow of the Object, p. 14. 27 Bollas, Shadow of the Object, p. 14. 28 Bollas, Shadow of the Object, p. 14. 29 Bollas, Shadow of the Object, p. 17. 30 C. Bollas, Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience (1992; London and New York: Routledge, 1993), p. 59; my emphasis. 31 Bollas, Being a Character, p. 29. 32 Bollas, Shadow of the

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890–1915
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Geertje Mak

will reveal how, in some physicians’ case histories clothing and DS_C08.indd 185 11/15/11 4:44 PM 186 doubting sex work started to transform from an outward index for someone’s place in society into a key to a deeply ingrained sex of self. The influence of the nascent discipline of sexology is evident here, and even more so in the fourth section, which demonstrates how sexual fantasies, inclinations and habits became the object of investigation, neatly separated from the gonadal body. Here, the first traces of the influence of psychoanalysis can also be

in Doubting sex
Rebecca Munford

the virtuous Sleeping Beauty and the monstrous muse, this chapter explores how the female body is dreamed (up) in the Gothic imaginings of psychoanalysis and surrealism. Focusing in particular on Carter’s early fiction, it examines these Gothic inventions of automated femininity as another reassertion of male creative authority. With reference to The Magic Toyshop and ‘The Loves of Lady Purple

in Decadent Daughters and Monstrous Mothers