Phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and subject identity: Locating Narcissus and Proteus in the text

Dean Louis Taylor, Florida International University

Abstract

This paper examines the ways in which subject identity obtains in either philosophical or psychoanalytical theory, which subject may be duplicated—and disclosed—in literary narratives via their principles and ideas. ^ The technique has a double approach. First, the thesis examines subject formation in (and by) language, through psychoanalysis as it draws upon abiding mythic resources, phenomenological methods and aims (e.g., the subject as consciousness intending its object), and the existentialist turn. It then brings these ideas and principles to bear upon an analysis of literary works as cultural expressions of these identities. ^ Beginning with scientific and philosophical referents (as opposed to the somewhat ‘inclusive’ analysis of, for example, the New Criticism or explication de texte), allows for alternative readings not previously available to either author or reader. ^ Access to extra-literary sources, theories, and ideas enables a ‘reading’ of the subject on a par with one existing in the Life-World. ^

Subject Area

Literature, Comparative|Psychology, General

Recommended Citation

Taylor, Dean Louis, "Phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and subject identity: Locating Narcissus and Proteus in the text" (2001). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI1405266.
https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI1405266

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