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Unformatted text preview: Psychoanalytic Criticism and The ‘Cadian Ball Psychoanalysis is a complicated theory involving many different linguistic and symbolic concepts. Theorists tend to analyze specific characters individually or interpret the whole text as a dream. Either way the terms and symbolic associations of the theory are an integral part of the method, adapted from “the talking cure” or psychoanalytic therapy, originally developed by Sigmund Freud. For instance, 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, provoking new enunciative positions and denotation in the language. Intertexuality is a term coined by Julia Kristeva, a primary figure in the field of psychoanalytic criticism and theory today. One of the two main male characters, Bobinôt, is immediately introduced to the reader. The opening paragraphs are indicative of Bobinôt’s self, struggling to repress his desire and sublimate his libido into more appropriate outlets. The first three paragraphs are devoted to showing us the inner struggle between the desire’s of the Id and the reality principles of the ego. Bobinôt’s psychosexual desire for Calixta is evidenced by his internal thought processes being displayed for us. In paragraph one he wonders why he loves her, but he then proceeds to reminisce about her in an overtly sexualized way. He talks about her then proceeds to reminisce about her in an overtly sexualized way....
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- Summer '06
- Literary Criticism, Clarisse, psychoanalytic criticism, symbolic castration, phallicly symbolic cyclone, symbolic woman