Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading explores some of the ways in which we think about reading and the effects reading has on us. Whether considered as a process, a representation, or a cultural activity, reading involves the idea about inner and outer, absence and boundaries, and the transmission of thoughts and feelings between one person or historical period and another. These ideas provide the basis for much of our thinking about subjectivity and receive their fullest elaboration in the twentieth-century discourse of psychoanalysis. Drawing on the rich tradition of British object relations, Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading is a literary critics approach to the scene of reading understood from a pyschoanalytic perspective. Linked essays on books and interiority, memory and landscape, trauma and literary transmission provide a subtle account of writing by Woolf, Austen, Rousseau, and Romantic women, as well as fictional accounts of slavery and colonialism, and Holocaust memoirs.
`Like the theory of reading it develops, this wonderful book is itself challenging and demanding to read; and like reading at its most difficult, the effort is handsomely repaid.' Colin Davis, The Brown Book, 2001 `Not the least of the achievements of Mary Jacobus's fine book ... is that even when it is dealing with considerable historical and psychological complexity in the authors she discusses, it never loses sight of the essentially fragile nature of the reading process.' Dan Gunn, TLS `Each essay is densely focused and argued; a wealth of close reading, psychoanalytic inquiry and recourse to other critics is marshalled.' Sue Vice, Psychoanalytic Studies, Vol.2, No.2, 2000. `the urge that seizes the reader of Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading to enter into dialogue with it is a sign of its success. It is extremely readable and compelling, even when the texts under discussion are unfamiliar and the argument take the form of engaging with textual minutiae. Psychoanalytic theories are used in a lively and often inspired manner, and the book as a whole makes an excellent case for the cultural and literary value of object-relations.' Sue Vice, Psychoanalytic Studies, Vol.2, No.2, 2000. `Scholars will find this book essential, and most readers will find it absorbing.' M. Uebel, Choice, Jul/Aug. 00. `stimulating ... This is a theoretically rich book, which, while deeply imbedded within the discourse of psychoanalysis, never becomes weighted down with its own theoretical apparatus.' M. Uebel, Choice, Jul/Aug. 00.
Series: Clarendon Lectures in English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.3 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.4