Freud's thinking about the unconscious has always been seen to be more about representations than affects. When it came to the passions of the transference and the demands of his hysterical patients, Freud was always more interested, wanted to move the focus away from the transference, and onto dreams. Hidden wishes more than manifest ones were what captured his imagination and style. This book returns to the repressed theory of passions in Freud's own thinking, arguing that the repression, fixation and rhythmic movement of affects make up the roots and branches of psychoanalytic thinking. We can think of Freud's unconscious affects as a tree, with the most passionate and primitive affects that make up the core of our psychic life, moving and branching out into more elaborated emotions and representations. So what moves this tree: the house of our first passions? How we move the tree of our affects, or leave it, is integral to Freud's understanding of sexuality and the Oedipal Complex.
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About the Author
Jan Campbell is a Reader in Literature and Psychoanalysis from the University of Birmingham. She works in English and is an former-member of the Cultural Studies department at the University of Birmingham. Jan is also an analytical psychotherapist in private practice and has recently been Chair of Psychotherapy at Sussex in Brighton. She has published widely on psychoanalysis in relation to cultural theory, feminism, autobiography, film and clinical practise.
Table of Contents
PREFACE ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS CHAPTER ONE: Passions in search of form CHAPTER TWO: Unconscious reading of mothers and flowers CHAPTER THREE: Rhythms of the unconsciousCHAPTER FOUR: Symptoms, ‘sense and sensibility’CHAPTER FIVE: All about our mothers: melodrama’s maternal form CHAPTER SIX: Sympathies beyond the self in Daniel Deronda CHAPTER SEVEN: Rhythm of affects and styles of the ego, in To the Lighthouse CHAPTER EIGHT: Dreaming liliesREFERENCES INDEX