Fredric Jameson, Imaginary and Symbolic in Lacan: Marxism, Psychoanalytical Criticism
, and the problem of the subject (1977).
Since the turn of the 19th century, other more restricted frameworks have come to the fore from which both creative authors and academics have approached their interpretations of life: Modernism, Structuralism or Feminism are among the most relevant ones, together with a broader spectrum of intellectual frames that have been amply developed since the 1960s, such as a new wave of Feminism, as well as Queer Studies, Post-colonial Studies, Psychoanalytical Criticism
in different versions (Freudian, Lacanian, Post-Lacanian Feminist), Myth Criticism, Eco-Criticism, Studies in Masculinity, Identity Matters, Chaos Theory, and, more recently, other (post-)poststructuralist ideological positions such as the Turn to Ethics or Trauma Studies.
(1) Early publications seemed to concentrate on placing her in one stylistic pigeonhole or another, while later ones are less preoccupied with broad categories and more concerned to articulate the theoretical specificities of the works, particularly via psychoanalytical criticism
anchored to her biography.
The final section, 'reception', looks at Spenser's textual history, literary legacy, role in the visual arts, treatment in the Formalist and Historicist traditions, treatment at the hand of "gender studies', psychoanalytical criticism
and finally, 'postcolonial Spenser'.
Truglio's Beyond the Family Romance is a wise mix of historical contextualization and psychoanalytical criticism
, which is both creative and scholarly solid.
While Milder begins the chapter by stressing, in the context of Melville's alleged homosexual attraction to Hawthorne, that sexual and psychological categories should not be anachronistically mapped onto nineteenth-century relationships, he draws heavily from late-twentieth-century psychoanalysis (not psychoanalytical criticism
) to, in fact, map the dynamics of Pierre.
As most of the readers of this journal know, her own work continually redefined the frontiers of psychoanalytical criticism
, and there was every indication that her imagination was not about to flag.
Hungerford demonstrates that both psychoanalytical criticism
, by 'presenting texts [...] as dynamic psyches in their own right' (p.
Furthermore, Cruz states that the ambiguity of the picaresque narratives often conceals their message; in this sense, her work shares a common goal with psychoanalytical criticism
in that it seeks to fill in the blanks left open by this elusive genre.
This is most prominent in, but not confined to, the passages where she uses psychoanalytical criticism
, passages that will inevitably be considered among the most debated aspects of the book.
So little rethinking has been done, even as the theoretical denunciations of biographical interpretation have subsided, and as literary biography and biographical criticism (along with psychoanalytical criticism
) have moved persistently along in their furrows.
The problem with so much psychoanalytical criticism
is the way in which everything done or said by the 'subject' is regarded as pathological.