Leo Bersani, chairman of the French Department at Berkeley, interprets “”a future for Astyanax”” freed from the psychological constraints and. Leo Bersani, A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature (London: Marion Boyars, ; hardback, £ ISBN 0 1). Show full title. Ohio Wesleyan UniversityBernard Murchland A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature, by Leo Bersani; pp. xii & Boston & Toronto: Litde.

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The opposition between these two forms of self is the basis for Bersani’s description of the relation of realistic fiction to literature of the “deconstructed” self. No keywords specified fix it. Effects and Affects of Theory: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

A Future For Astyanax

Bersani intends his criticism to encourage a “”psychic mobility”” beyond “”the tyrannical rigidities of both sublimated desire”” and pornographic obsession.

In the dream, “from the host of our unconscious desires, a ‘happy few’ are selected. Narrative and Theories of Desire. Brown, Marcuse, and Laing, Bersani celebrates this liberation as “”a psychology of.

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Shorter Reviews for further discussion. The first, drawn from Racine, Flaubert, Stendhal, James, Lawrence, and miscellaneous Realists, dramatizes conflicts between passions and the “”limiting structures”” of sublimation. Bersani, using a psychoanalytic framework, shows why psychoanalysis would be mistaken to think of this literature of the “deconstructed” self as merely regressive. Many classic novelists show, in different ways, the conflict between unity of self and desire; in so doing they implicidy undermine the traditional novel.

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This website berrsani cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. We have become accustomed—and certainly most critics do little to upset this expectation—to think literary criticism as of only marginal relevance to philosophy. Be the first to discover new talent! The “deconstructed” self B fails to recognize the existence of other selves, and hence is really not a self at all. Oxford Literary Review 4 2: From Character and Desire to Force and Choreography.

Thus, either desire cannot “be spoken” p. In the density of its textual analysis, in its philosophically suggestive account of desire and the self, in its creative use of recent French criticism, and in the clarity and scope of its perspective on the realistic novel, Bersani’s book is very impressive.


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A the sublimated, “tamed” desires, of the unified “adult” self; B the omnipotent play of limitless fantasy, without the presence of a stable self. Patrick Ffrench – – Film-Philosophy 9 1. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.