The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Fordham University Press
Title Page and Copyright
This book was born over a long period of time. While most of the texts contained in it were composed fairly recently, a few of them were written long ago. Looking back, I recall that many years ago, after a . . .
Introduction: Pandora’s Legacy
This book grows out of a long-standing fascination with the uncanny status of the mother in literature, psychoanalysis, philosophy, film, and photography. Sigmund Freud famously derives the psychoanalytic notion of . . .
Part One Psychoanalysis and the Maternal Function
One The Sex of Death and the Maternal Crypt
“Mourning women.” The phrase reverberates and conjures up the many names of women who have become known to us (in myth, literature, history, philosophy) by their celebrated acts of . . .
Two Mourning, Magic, and Telepathy
There is no mourning without magic, Jacques Derrida will have told us in various ways in numerous texts spanning from the early 1970s up until the end and beyond. And, as we shall see, by linking mourning to magic, . . .
Three The Sexual Animal and the Primal Scene of Birth
If the case history popularly referred to by the animal nickname of his most famous patient, “the Wolf Man,” remains Freud’s most notorious clinical case, it is in part because it has never been . . .
Four Back of Beyond: Anxiety and the Birth of the Future
Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) is often thought to be Freud’s most philosophical work. It is not then surprising, that philosophers have devoted so much critical attention to it. As Jacques Derrida points out . . .
Part Two Photography and the Prosthetic Maternal
Five On Psycho-Photography: Shame and Abu Ghraib
Although one might want to argue that all politics can be seen as an attempt to manage fear, in the aftermath of 9/11 fear has explicitly dominated prevailing political discourse and dictated U.S. domestic and foreign . . .
Six Avital Ronell’s Body Politics
In a certain sense, one might begin by saying “she told us so,” but perhaps we didn’t hear her well enough. For a long time now, over many years and in her many important works ranging from the early . . .
Seven Blade Runner ’s Moving Still
In the time that has elapsed since Blade Runner’s first commercial release, Ridley Scott’s 1982 science-fiction film has been retroactively hailed as one of the most powerful and influential examples of cinematic . . .
Eight Nothing to Say: Fragments on the Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Ironically, the author of “The Death of the Author” did not, in fact, touch the question of his own death in that influential essay. But in his last work— published after the death of his mother and during the short . . .
Part Three Photo-Readings and the Possible Impossibilities of Literature
Nine Darkroom Readings: Scenes of Maternal Photography
The figure of photography as a mortifying prosthetic mother with which we ended the last chapter is only part of story that Barthes’s text tells about the complex relation between photography and the mother in . . .
Ten The Mother Tongue in Phèdre and Frankenstein
Apparently, Phèdre and Frankenstein make strange bedfellows. Racine’s tragedy is the exemplary text of seventeenth-century French drama while Mary Shelley’s horror tale has been read as a gloss on the English Romantic . . .
Eleven Birthmarks (Given Names)
Hélène Cixous’s writings are, to some degree, radically untranslatable. Not so much because they are written in French, but because they are not. If Hélène Cixous’s texts resist translation it is because, as we shall . . .
Twelve Bit: Mourning Remains in Derrida and Cixous
Bit. In English, the word is “bit.” But which bit is this bit? Is it a noun or a verb? Is it a piece of something torn off with the teeth, or is it an act of biting or having been bitten? According to the . . .
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Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 821725659
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