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Psychoanalytic Criticism and The ‘Cadian Ball The use of dialogue in this piece is an example of intertextuality, or the act of transporting one system of signs or signifiers onto other, causing new enunciative positions and denotation in the language. Intertexuality is term coined by Julia Kristeva, a primary figure in the field of psychoanalytic criticism and theory. The opening paragraphs are indicative of Bobinôt’s self struggling to repress his desire. The first three paragraphs are devoted to showing us the inner struggle between the desire’s of the Id and the appropriate reality principles of the ego. Bobinôt’s psychosexual desire for Calixta is evidenced by his internal thought processes being displayed for us, as an introduction to his character. Alcée Laballière threatens Bobinôt’s manhood. The absence of specific references to his deep seated desires to marry Calixta tell us according to Lacan, that the struggle to repress is at least temporarily being won by the conscious or ego. The absence also suggests that the desire is just barely repressed and could surface at any time. Alcée Laballière has unresolved feelings for his mother’s goddaughter Clarisse. He is using hard work as a means of repression as evidenced in paragraph five. He is
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