Synopsis

November 27, 2009

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It is only in and through a position of non-mortality within and without mortal life at the same time that the exploitation of mortality can be brought into the spotlight. A critique of the exploitation of mortality inherent in particularly exemplary cultural products will be achieved through putting them in a perspective that analyzes the […]

INTRODUCTION: A Cont®act Between Deconstruction and Affirmative Recreation

May 4, 2009

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1. Overview The fragile title of the introduction, which splits as it unites deconstruction and affirmative recreation, should not discourage the reader from even beginning to engage in an encounter with this thesis. This thesis is the product of an intense meditation on the relevance of Freud’s concepts of the life drive and the death […]

CHAPTER I: Life and Death in a Raving New World

May 4, 2009

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1. Freud and Einstein In 1931 the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation invited certain intellectuals to communicate and think about the solutions to the problems facing the world. The First World War was over but the second one was already knocking on the door. The developments in central Europe were signs of the approaching disaster. […]

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CHAPTER II: The Controversy

May 4, 2009

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Now, the history of depths begins with what is most terrifying: it begins with the theatre of terror whose unforgettable picture Melanie Klein painted. In it, the nursing infant is, beginning with his or her first year, stage, actor, and drama at once. Orality, mouth, and breast are initially bottomless depths. Not only are the […]

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CHAPTER III: Cinema and Psychoanalysis

May 4, 2009

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 1. The Cinematic Apparatus and The Psyche  Ideology is a representation of the imaginary relationship of individuals to their real conditions of existence.[1] Ideology has a material existence.[2]   For Freud dreams are the beholders of the sleeping subject; dreams prevent waking up by turning a repressed desire into images.[3] How does the dream do […]

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CHAPTER IV: Cronenberg, Burroughs, Deleuze

May 4, 2009

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1. Passing Across The Dead Zone and Moving Towards The Dread Zone It is early 1974, “in Washington, Richard Nixon was being pressed slowly into a corner, wrapped in a snarl of magnetic tapes. […] In Room 619 of the Eastern Maine Medical Center, Johnny Smith still slept. He had begun to pull into a […]

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Chapter V: Creativity and The Unconscious

May 4, 2009

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He has me say things saying it’s not me, there’s profundity for you, he has me who say nothing say it’s not me.[1]                                                                                                                            Samuel Beckett  1. Surreal Faces of The Unconscious  In 1916 a group of artists and writers established Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich and started the aesthetic movement now known as Dada. […]

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