claustrophilia


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claustrophilia

(ˌklɔːstrəˈfɪlɪə; ˌklɒs-)
n
(Psychology) abnormal pleasure derived from being in a confined space
[C21: from claustro-, from Latin claustrum cloister + -philia ]

claustrophilia

an abnormal desire to be closed in, to shut all windows and doors. — claustrophile, n.claustrophilic, adj.
See also: -Phile, -Philia, -Phily
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CLAUSTROPHILIA: Abnormal pleasure derived from being in a confined space ie, "His claustrophilia was overwhelming - he'd shut himself away in cluttered cupboards and stay in the lift for hours on end.
She dismissed speculation that Mr Williams died as a result of some kind of "auto-erotic activity", also denying there was any evidence to suggest claustrophilia - the love of enclosed spaces - was of any interest to him.
A claustrophilia, which seems in some ways to work at cross-purposes with the celebration of nature, lends a special emotional charge to many of the novel's settings and even to the images of extreme enclosure in Edward's extravagant metaphors for Ethel: "She was to him as a jewel (yet sweeter and lovelier than any gem) shut up in a casket, of which he alone possessed the key--as a pearl, of whose existence an Indian diver is aware, beneath the waves of ocean, deep buried from every other eye" (222).
Finally, I think that the mid-twentieth century, that shell shocked time of conformism, consolidation and claustrophilia, deserves closer and more empathetic attention--as the relevant chapters show, it was more than just a damp, dank interval between the Easter Rising and the Sixties, yet somehow its proper character gets lost amidst the narrative preferences for rebellion, innovative experiment and multiculturalism.
With this choice, Conrad invokes "loneliness and claustrophilia," the greatest effects of the closet and, according to Casarino, the ship, granting his masculine characters the opportunity to explore their own eccentricity away from those who would condemn them.