'Psychoanalytic Bodies'

Cohen, Josh. 2015. 'Psychoanalytic Bodies'. In: David Hillman and Ulrika Maude, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 214-229. ISBN 9781107048096 [Book Section]

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A contribution to The Cambridge Companion to the Body in Literature, this chapter explores a number of key texts and writers of late nineteenth century French writing, notably Baudelaire and Huysmans, and their 'neuraesthenic' sensibility through the lense of Freud's conception of the 'acual' neuroses. Invoking Walter Benjamin as well as Freud, the chapter suggests that the unrepresentable 'actuality' of bodily excess is the insistent predicament to which these texts return.

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Psychoanalysis; 'Actual' Neruoses; Literature and the Body; Decadence; French Literature; Sigmund Freud; Walter Benjamin; J-K Huysmans; Baudelaire

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English and Comparative Literature


31 January 2015Accepted

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15 Oct 2018 11:35

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29 Apr 2020 16:55



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