Journal of Romance Studies

Psychoanalysis and the aesthetic subject

Journal of Romance Studies (2006), 6, (3), 19–30.

Abstract

Psychoanalytically conceived, the world interests us, seduces us, even dazzles us to the degree that it contains us – whether it be as a projection, an identification or an original loss. Can the work of art, contrary to these psychoanalytic assumptions, deploy signs of the subject in the world that are not signs of projective identifications or of an object-destroying jouissance, signs of what I call correspondences of being within a universal solidarity of being? This question is addressed through a discussion of Pierre Michon’s novel, La Grande Beune, which can help us to redefine fantasy, the unconscious and the subject’s relation to the world.

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Bersani, Leo