Psychoanalysis and the Future of Theory

Psychoanalysis and the Future of Theory


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Psychoanalysis and the Future of Theory by Malcolm Bowie

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, Prouvést and Svevo) are all placed in an illuminating two-way relationship with the writings of Freud.

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)

About the Author

Malcolm Bowie is Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature, and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He has been Director of the Institute of Romance Studies in London, editor of the series Cambridge Studies in French, and has held visiting appointments in Berkeley and the CUNY graduate Center in New York. His books include Henri Michaux: A Study of his Literary Works, Mallarmé and the Art of Being Difficult, Freud, Prouvést and Lacan: Theory as Fiction and the Lacan volume in the Fontana Modern Masters series.

Table of Contents




1. Psychoanalysis and the Future of Theory.

2. Freud and Art, or what will Michelangelo's Moses do next?.

3. Comparison between the Arts: a Psychoanalytic View.

4. Freud and the European Unconscious.


Lacan after the Fall: An Interview with Malcolm Bowie.

Malcolm Bowie: A Selected Bibliography, 1970-1993.


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