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Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading$
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Mary Jacobus

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184348.001.0001

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A Whole World in Your Head: Rereading the Landscape of Absence

A Whole World in Your Head: Rereading the Landscape of Absence

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Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading

Mary Jacobus

Oxford University Press

A. S. Byatt's reflection in her co-authored book Imagining Characters was found to be provoking even if she had not been a novelist. ‘Reflecting’ on the book may either mean thinking about a novel as if it were an image of the mind, and thinking that occurs in a novel in which the novel fosters its own mind and space. Time also has a contribution as Byatt points out a parallel between her younger reading self with Fanny Price and Austen. This reflection accounts for the double temporality of the novel and its reading, particularly in the division of consciousness not only between the reader and the book, but between the living and observing life and between the present and past. This chapter attempts to examine a mode of thought that constructs internal landscape.

Keywords:   A. S. Byatt, internal landscape, consciousness, double temporality, reflection

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