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Aberrations of Mourning, originally published in 1988, is the long unavailable first book in Laurence A. Rickels’s “unmourning” trilogy, followed by The Case of California and Nazi Psychoanalysis.

Rickels studies mourning and melancholia within and around psychoanalysis, analyzing the writings of such thinkers as Freud, Nietzsche, Lessing, Heinse, Artaud, Keller, Stifter, Kafka, and Kraus. Rickels maintains that we must shift the way we read literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis to go beyond traditional Oedipal structures.

Aberrations of Mourning argues that the idea of the crypt has had a surprisingly potent influence on psychoanalysis, and Rickels shows how society’s disturbed relationship with death and dying, our inability to let go of loved ones, has resulted in technology to form more and more crypts for the dead by preserving them—both physically and psychologically—in new ways.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface: Invitation to a Reprinting
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Aberrations of Mourning
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 1. Avuncular Structures: Sigmund Freud/Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. pp. 22-59
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  1. 2. The Fate Of A Daughter: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
  2. pp. 60-98
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  1. 3. The Father's Imprisonment: Wilhelm Heinse
  2. pp. 99-119
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  1. 4. Necrofiliation: Antonin Artaud
  2. pp. 120-171
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  1. 5. Regulations For The Living Dead: Gottfried Keller
  2. pp. 172-217
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  1. 6. Burn Name Burn: Adalbert Stifter
  2. pp. 218-242
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  1. 7. Warm Brothers: Franz Kafka
  2. pp. 243-293
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  1. 8. Aristocriticism: Karl Kraus
  2. pp. 294-332
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  1. 9. The Unborn
  2. pp. 333-371
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 372-402
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 403-409
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816676903
Related ISBN
9780816675951
MARC Record
OCLC
742369725
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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