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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Effects and Affects of Theory: The opposition between these two forms of self is the basis for Bersani’s description of the relation of realistic bsrsani to literature of the “deconstructed” self.

Such a recognition is “the necessary point of departure” p. Dialectically, Bersani’s book reveals that each of these views is other than it appears.


No categories specified categorize this paper. Here are two views of the self: The Culture of Redemption. Added to PP index Total downloads 2of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? A Future for Astyanax deserves to be read widely and studied with care. Bishop Butler’s Refutation of Psychological Hedonism. No keywords specified fix it. Maria Einman – – Methis: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


A Future for Astyanax: Sign in Create an account. Leo Bersani – Jottkandt – q. From Character and Desire to Force and Choreography. His book is about the concepts of desire and the self, and their relationship.

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A Future For Astyanax by Leo Bersani

Oxford Literary Review 4 2: In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Leo Bersani – – Oup Usa. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Character and Desire in Literature.

Sign in to use this feature. The value of literature, and criticism, is to teach us about desire and its relation to a fragmented or unified self. Jay Clayton – – Critical Inquiry 16 1: Gender, Desire, and Sexuality in T. We have become accustomed—and futufe most critics do little to upset this expectation—to think literary criticism as of only marginal relevance to philosophy.

A Future For Astyanax

Bersani, using a psychoanalytic framework, shows why psychoanalysis would be mistaken to think of this literature of the “deconstructed” self as merely regressive. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy oeo your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.


Far from being merely regressive, art thus can reveal possibilities for the loss of self that otherwise would remain undreamt of.

Bersani intends his criticism to encourage a “”psychic mobility”” beyond “”the tyrannical rigidities of both sublimated desire”” and pornographic obsession. Contact Contact Us Help.