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Title: Reading psychoanalysis in Argentina 1960-1985
Author: Derbyshire, Philip Thomas
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 1519
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis looks at 'transcultural' readings of psychoanalysis in Argentina in the period 1964-1985, to show how psychoanalysis was a discourse that could refract and inflect extant problematics to provide new discourses on Argentina and its intellectuals. I look at the ways in which psychoanalysis has interpreted itself and been interpreted - as science, hermeneutic, mode of subjectification - and how it can be seen as also a discourse of self-allegorisation, both communicative and expressive of its own position. I first look at the work of Oscar Masotta and examine his transition from Sartrean literary criticism concerned with commitment and freedom to an exegetical Lacanian psychoanalysis which in its preoccupation with language and transmission discursively performs concerns with coloniality, subalternity and self-authorisation and legitimation. Masotta's Lacanianism unfolds as (and continues his) self-narrative. I then look at the ways in which psychoanalytic motifs and understandings become part of the compositional material of some literary works of the period, (Osvaldo Lamborghini, Luis Gusman, Oscar Steimberg, and Juan Jose Saer) and the ways in which the authors of these fictions assume a 'psychoanalytic competence' as part of their readership.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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