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Pregnancy, thirdness, and the aesthetics of catastrophe in Heinrich von Kleist.
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PMID:  22423437     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
In documenting his own personal crisis of faith in Enlightenment rationalism through letters and essays, Kleist exposes the epistemological fissures in its edifice. This paper explores in psychoanalytic terms the dilemmas associated with knowing and not knowing, and the relationship between self and other, revealed by these texts. Kleist's literary work goes beyond expressing this crisis of knowledge to enact a kind of solution to it, not resolving the contradictions that are central in his world but presenting them aesthetically, intact and precariously balanced. More specifically, a pregnancy conceived without the knowledge of the mother-to-be--in his novella "The Marquise of O" (1807a)--suggests a modification of the psychoanalytic third to include within it the catastrophe that it also mitigates.
Gail M Newman
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Psychoanalytic quarterly     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0033-2828     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychoanal Q     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-03-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226661     Medline TA:  Psychoanal Q     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of German and Russian, Program in Comparative Literature, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267, USA.
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