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Between the Sign and the Gaze

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A woman turns into a piece of furniture (Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest); a writer of children's books takes photos of naked little girls (Lewis Carroll); Mont Blanc becomes the maternal breast (Shelley); Hamlet mistakes Ophelia for a phallus (Lacan's Hamlet seminar); and mom turns out to have thermonuclear arms (Laurie Anderson's United States). Reviewing the ways in which women have been fantasized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western culture, Herman Rapaport offers a series of brilliant insights into ...
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Overview

A woman turns into a piece of furniture (Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest); a writer of children's books takes photos of naked little girls (Lewis Carroll); Mont Blanc becomes the maternal breast (Shelley); Hamlet mistakes Ophelia for a phallus (Lacan's Hamlet seminar); and mom turns out to have thermonuclear arms (Laurie Anderson's United States). Reviewing the ways in which women have been fantasized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Western culture, Herman Rapaport offers a series of brilliant insights into the concept of the fantasm in modern art.
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"Rapaport's highly performative book directs its analytical energy to an analysis of the fantasm, the representational field that remains folded 'between' the 'sign and the gaze' and their frequent discussion."—Timothy Murray, Cornell University, SubStance #80, 1996
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Ten essays, most previously published, that, according to the author, "may be read as a sustained reflection on how fantasmic constructions traverse both theoretical and applied analyses that take us from detailed considerations of psychoanalysis to those of literary study and closely related fields." Among the topics: Jane Eyre and the Mot Tabou, Effi Briest and La Chose Freudienne, and Geoffrey Hartman and the spell of sounds. Paper edition (8133-3), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801481338
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1994
  • Pages: 312

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Appearances of the Fantasm
1 Theories of the Fantasm 17
2 Staging: Mont Blanc 91
3 Jane Eyre and the Mot Tabou 109
4 Effi Briest and La Chose freudienne 123
5 Disardculations: Between the Sign and the Gaze 150
6 Permission Granted, or Beyond the Fantasm 184
Pt. II Echoes of the Fantasm
7 Geoffrey Hartman and the Spell of Sounds 205
8 Tonalities of Apocalypse 229
9 Durassian Extimacy 250
10 "Can You Say Hello?" - Laurie Anderson's United States 268
Index 293
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