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Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading

Mary Jacobus


This book 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, the book is a literary cr ... More

Keywords: reading, subjectivity, twentieth-century discourse, psychoanalysis, Romantic women, slavery, colonialism, Holocaust memoirs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Jacobus, author
Cornell University