Stanzas: Word and Phantasm in Western Culture

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U of Minnesota Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 163 pages
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"Stanzas is a fascinating blend of philology, medieval physics and psychology, the psychoanalysis of toys, and contemporary linguistics and philosophy. In this unique work, Giorgio Agamben attempts to reconfigure the epistemological foundation of Western culture. He rereads Freud and Saussure to discover the impossibility of metalanguage and of synthesis that could be reflected in the transparency of signs. There is no "superior language" that can read the obscure scenes of the unconscious, and the "symbol" is always the return of the repressed in an improper signifier".--BOOKJACKET.
 

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Contents

The Phantasms of Eros
1
Melencolia I
11
The Lost Object
19
The Work of
29
Marx or The Universal Exposition
36
Beau Brummell or The Appropriation of Unreality
47
Mme Panckoucke or The Toy Fairy
56
Narcissus and Pygmalion
63
Spiritusphantasticus
90
Spirits of Love
102
Between Narcissus and Pygmalion
111
The Joy That Never Ends
124
Semiology from
133
The Proper and the Improper
141
The Barrier and the Fold
152
Index
159

Eros at the Mirror
73

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