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Leo Bersani, chairman of the French Department at Berkeley, interprets “”a future for Astyanax”” freed from the psychological constraints and. Leo Bersani, A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature (London: Marion Boyars, ; hardback, £ ISBN 0 1). Show full title. Ohio Wesleyan UniversityBernard Murchland A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature, by Leo Bersani; pp. xii & Boston & Toronto: Litde.

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Leo Bersani – – Oup Usa. The adult self A requires a conflict with other adults: The “deconstructed” self B fails to recognize the existence of other selves, and hence is really not a self at all.

Sign in Create an account. Character and Desire in Literature. Sign in to use this feature. In the dream, “from the host bersami our unconscious desires, a ‘happy few’ are selected. He has done so with clarity, discrimination, and a sense of the complexity of the issues he writes about.

A Future For Astyanax

Maria Einman – – Methis: No categories specified categorize this paper. Many classic novelists show, in different ways, the conflict between unity of self and desire; in so doing they implicidy undermine the traditional novel.


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But he places much knowledge and intelligence on display, and the reader with a learned and resolute curiosity about literary psychology will find his analyses of individual works and authors absorbing.

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Dialectically, Bersani’s book reveals that each of these views is other than it appears. Character and Desire in Literature By. The value of literature, and criticism, is to teach us about desire and its relation to a fragmented or unified self.

From Character and Desire to Force and Choreography. The first, drawn from Racine, Flaubert, Stendhal, James, Lawrence, and miscellaneous Realists, dramatizes conflicts between passions and the “”limiting structures”” of sublimation.

Shorter Reviews for further discussion. Patrick Ffrench – – Film-Philosophy 9 1. Narrative and Theories of Desire. One of the many merits fufure Bersani’s fine new book is his refutation of such expectations. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. A Future for Astyanax: To have no bounds to one’s desires is thus to lack definition as a self.


A Future for Astyanax deserves to be read widely and studied with care. The Fictions of Life and of Art. Jottkandt -.

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Bersani, using a psychoanalytic framework, shows why psychoanalysis would be mistaken to think of this literature of the “deconstructed” self as merely regressive. Here are two views of the self: The opposition between these two forms of self is the basis for Bersani’s description of the relation of realistic fiction to literature of the “deconstructed” self.

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