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Description - First Things by Mary Jacobus

This study combines close readings with theoretical concerns, in an examination of the many froms taken by the mythic of phantasmic mother in literary, psychoanalytical and artistic representations. It explores the ways in which the maternal imaginary informs both unconscious processes and signifying practices at all levels. Her fierce analysis of specific texts and paintings raises questions about the symbolic and biological maternal body and how they relate to each other in literary and psychoanalytic terms. The invocation of writings by Kleist, Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, Malthus and de Sade, along with analysis of French revolutionary iconography and Realist and Impressionist paintings by Eakins and Morisot, make this text an interdisciplinary study. The author sees literary theory and psychoanalysis as mutually illuminating practices. The work of Freud, Klein, Kristeva and Bion shape an inquiry into such topics as population discourse, surrogate motherhood, AIDS, masectomy and psychoanalysis itself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415903844
ISBN-10: 041590384X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Mary Jacobus

Mary Jacobus is John Wendell Anderson Professor of English at Cornell University.

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