By: Robert Silhol Abstract: This paper looks at structure and subject, and tackles what do we know of Oedipus’ desire. It also advances the proposition that the idea of ‘structure and subject’ can be said to represent a short history of psychoanalytical thinking in itself.
By: Joke Spruyt Abstract: In the Middle Ages it was only natural to believe in a celestial, absolute, eternal, nonmaterial world beyond our everyday experiences. Yet for many medievals, theologians and philosophers alike, the existence of such a transcendent reality posed a problem, for how can human beings, who after all belong to the worldContinue reading “Henry of Ghent and the Power of Inspiration. A Chapter in Neoplatonism”
By: John J. Marinan Abstract: Simon Baron Cohen formulated mindblindness as a theory to explain the deficits existing in the autistic brain. These deficit metaphors, while deeply cognitivist, belie significant figurative and metaphorical techniques of persuasion of both lay and scientific audiences. Given the cultural currency of the theory, other scholars from humanities backgrounds appliedContinue reading “Mindblindness Theory: Touchstone for Interdisciplinarity”
By: Laura B. Vogel Abstract: This essay proposes that Shakespeare’s Cleopatra is a male fantasy of a love object for Antony. She is an extravagantly feminine construction of a character who effects a transformation in Antony that enables him to finally perceive himself as a heroic lover as well as a heroic warrior. A fluidityContinue reading “Cleopatra: Antony’s Transformational Object”
By: Katherine Montwieler & Mark E. Boren Abstract: Within this essay, we argue that The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym by Edgar Allan Poe suggests the nascent United States was gripped by a great anxiety and that the novel functions as a gothic alternative to the traditional American bildungsroman penned by Cooper or Melville. LookingContinue reading “Hybridity, Anxiety, and Wombs of Destruction in Edgar Allan Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket”
By: Liam C. Butchart Abstract: William Faulkner’s classic Southern Gothic novel As I Lay Dying is more than just an experiment in modernist techniques: it is a novel that expressly examines its characters’ minds, a work containing great psychological depth. This paper will examine the psychological reactions of five members of the Bundren family toContinue reading “Death, Mourning and Human Selfishness: Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying Through a Freudian Lens”
By: David Mathew Abstract: This UK-centric paper explores Freud’s theories of groups and the influence that they have had on contemporary horror fiction, using the British riots of the summer of 2011 as working examples. Initially drawing on Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego, I explore the presentation of characters who, when facedContinue reading “The Collected Monster”
By: Amira Karray Abstract: The aim of this article is to analyse the spontaneous drawings of houses produced by 45 street children in Haiti after the earthquake of 12 January 2010. The drawings were made during workshops held in children’s homes and child reception centres. Given that over half of the random sample free drawingsContinue reading “The depiction of the house in the free drawings of Haitian street children: Dreaming of and recreating a habitat.”