Once Below a Time: Dylan Thomas, Julia Kristeva, and Other Speaking Subjects

Once Below a Time: Dylan Thomas, Julia Kristeva, and Other Speaking Subjects

by Eynel Wardi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791445593

ISBN-13: 9780791445594

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Offers a psychoanalytically enhanced theory of poetics through close readings of Dylan Thomas and Julia Kristeva.

Highly original and theoretically wide-ranging, this book offers new insights into the origins of poetry. Working with much of the significant primary and secondary literature in psychoanalysis, particularly the theories of Julia Kristeva, the

Overview

Offers a psychoanalytically enhanced theory of poetics through close readings of Dylan Thomas and Julia Kristeva.

Highly original and theoretically wide-ranging, this book offers new insights into the origins of poetry. Working with much of the significant primary and secondary literature in psychoanalysis, particularly the theories of Julia Kristeva, the book skillfully sketches out a psychoanalytically enhanced theory of poetics through close readings of the works of Dylan Thomas. Through an intense dialogue with pivotal poems, it offers a “subjectivist” theory of poetic language, one that focuses on the interrelation between meaning and subjectivity in the dynamics of the poetic text. In this scheme, the “genesis of the speaking subject” is held to be a reenactment of old and new fantasies of origins, the reality of which is inaccessible to us—buried, as it were, “below time.” Among these fantasies, the author also recognizes the psychoanalytic fantasy of origins that guides her own project.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791445594
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Series:
SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. The Genesis of the Speaking Subject: Fantasies of Origins and their Realization in the Poetic Text

2. Poem on his Birthday

3. Incarnate Devil in the Garden of Eden

The Possibility of the Real
"Incarnate Devil"

4. Under the Sign of Loss, a Recuperation

The Double Determination of Repetition
The Princedom of the Apple Towns

5. The Lover, the Poet, and the Lunatic

Oedipus and the Problem of Boundaries
"A Prospect of the Sea"
"The Mouse and the Woman"

Conclusion: A Confession of the Speaking Subject (or Who Is Afraid of Dylan Thomas?)

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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