Lacan and Fantasy Literature

Lacan and Fantasy Literature Portents of Modernity in Late-Victorian and Edwardian Fiction - Contemporary Psychoanalytic Studies

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Publisher's Synopsis

Eschewing the all-pervading contextual approach to literary criticism, this book takes a Lacanian view of several popular British fantasy texts of the late 19th century such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, revealing the significance of the historical context; the advent of a modern democratic urban society in place of the traditional agrarian one. Moreover, counter-intuitively it turns out that fantasy literature is analogous to modern Galilean science in its manipulation of the symbolic thereby changing our conception of reality. It is imaginary devices such as vampires and ape-men, which in conjunction with Lacanian theory say something additional of the truth about - primarily sexual - aspects of human subjectivity and culture, repressed by the contemporary hegemonic discourses.

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Book information

ISBN: 9789004336575
Publisher: Brill
Imprint: Brill
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.809353
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: x, 235
Weight: 400g
Height: 235mm
Width: 155mm
Spine width: 15mm