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Literature and Psychoanalysis: Open Questions

Paragraph Volume 40, Issue 3

Edited by Elissa Marder


Psychoanalysis and Literature creatively re-imagined in light of the 40th anniversary of Shoshana Felman’s groundbreaking volume of Yale French Studies

In 1977 Shoshana Felman opened up the question of how literature and psychoanalysis speak to each other’s most intimate concerns with her landmark volume of Yale French Studies, ‘Literature and Psychoanalysis. The Question of Reading: Otherwise.’ That relationship, she proposed, called for a dialogue between two different bodies of language and two different modes of knowledge.

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‘Preface (To Re-Open the Question)’, Shoshana Felman

‘Introduction’, Elissa Marder

‘The Body’s Testimony: Dramatic Witness in the Eichmann Trial’, Cathy Caruth

‘The Transfer of Complaint: A Narcissistic Time-Share’, Avital Ronell

‘Nothing to Say: The Negative Phrase of Affect’, Claire Nouvet

‘What Are the Chances? Psychoanalysis, Telepathy, and the Accident’, Elizabeth Rottenberg

‘SF’, Forbes Morlock,

‘Freud’s Fictions: Fixation, Femininity, Photography’, Elissa Marder

‘The Function and Field of Scansion in Jacques Lacan’s Poetics of Speech’, Isabelle Alfandary

‘Small Experimental Action’, Sarah Wood

‘Dream Treatment: On Sitting Down to Read a Letter from Freud’, Nicholas Royle

About the Author

Elissa Marder (Ph.D., Yale University, 1989); joint appointment in the Departments of French and Comparative Literature; international fellow at the London Graduate School: 19th and 20th century French, British, and American literature, literary theory, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, film, and photography. Professor Marder was a founding member of the Emory Psychoanalytic Studies Program and currently is on the PSP Exectutive Committtee.

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