The Madder Stain: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Thomas Hardy

The Madder Stain: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Thomas Hardy

by Annie Ramel

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ISBN-13: 9789004293403
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/22/2015
Series: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies , #21
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Annie Ramel taught Victorian and contemporary literature at University Lumière-Lyon 2. She is president of FATHOM (French Association for Thomas Hardy Studies). The author of numerous articles on Thomas Hardy, she has also published a book on Great Expectations (Great Expectations : Le Père ou le pire), as well as articles on Charles Dickens, Henry James, George Eliot, and Oscar Wilde.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Letter Killeth 19

1.1 The Littoral A Pair of Blue Eyes 19

1.2 Gaps and Gashes 23

1.3 The Missing Blank 27

1.4 The Literal 37

1.5 Texts and Textiles 42

2 The Feminine: Reading Hardy after Lacan's xxth Seminar 50

2.1 An Imaginative Woman 51

2.2 The Garden Scene in Tess of the d'Urbervilles 56

2.3 The Feminine Pursuit, the Artist's Quest 64

3 The Logic of Desire 69

3.1 Much Ado About Nothing 69

3.2 Das Ding 77

4 The Object Gaze 84

4.1 Anamorphosis 84

4.2 The Return of the Native and Anamorphosis 90

4.3 The Object-Gaze in the Return of the Native 97

4.4 "Aftercourses": Revisiting Ancient Theory 106

4.5 Far From the Madding Crowd and Anamorphosis 110

4.6 The Red Glare and Hardy's Aesthetics 118

5 The Object-Voice 130

5.1 Gaze and voice 130

5.2 Tess's Silent Cry 134

5.3 The Vocal Object; Feminine or Masculine? 143

5.4 The Muted Voice and Hardy's Poetics 154

Conclusion 164

Bibliography 169

Index of Names 175

Index of Subjects 177

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