Psychoanalysis and the Future of Theory

Psychoanalysis and the Future of Theory

by Malcolm Bowie
     
 

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Malcolm Bowie is already well known as a writer who has made "theory" and "criticism" intelligible to each other in new ways. In this new collection he examines the meanings that psychoanalysis has ascribed to the tense and the devices by which later Lacan completes and complexifies Freud's discussions of temporality. "What kind of future can psychoanalysis have when… See more details below

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Malcolm Bowie is already well known as a writer who has made "theory" and "criticism" intelligible to each other in new ways. In this new collection he examines the meanings that psychoanalysis has ascribed to the tense and the devices by which later Lacan completes and complexifies Freud's discussions of temporality. "What kind of future can psychoanalysis have when it talks about futurity in this fashion?" In answering this question Malcolm Bowie focuses on an exemplary moment of crisis in the history of psychoanalytic thought. He challenges some of the fundamental Freudian assumptions about temporality of discourse and draws attention to a whole new range of opportunities that a "future-conscious" psychoanalysis might offer critics and theorists of other intellectual persuasions.

Bowie calls for a new openness towards art among psychoanalytic theorists, drawing his examples from a wide variety of artistic practices. Musicians (Mozart, Mahler, Schoenberg and Fauré), visual artists (Michelangelo, Leonardo, Tiepolo and Matisse) and writers (Goethe, Proust and Svevo) are all placed in an illuminating two-way relationship with the writings of Freud.

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"The great strength of Bowie's little book is its demonstration of the fecundity and surprisingness which continue to reside in psychoanalytic thinking." Stephen Frosh, Radical Philosophy
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Bowie (French literature, Oxford) examines the meanings that psychoanalysis has ascribed to the future tense and the devices by which the later Lacan completes and complexifies Freud's discussions of temporality. He draws attention to opportunities that a "future- conscious" psychoanalysis might offer, and calls for a new openness towards art among psychoanalytic theorists, placing musicians, visual artists and writers in an illuminating two-way relationship with the writings of Freud. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631189268
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
Bucknell Lectures in Literary Theory Series
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.54(d)

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