Psychoanalytic Reading of Kafka’s The Man Who Disappeared

Kafka’s first novel, The Man who Disappeared (Der Verschollene), still better known in the English-speaking world at least under Max Brod’s title, Amerika, is set against the realist backdrop of the most modern and technologically advanced society in the world, the USA. The America of this novel remains strangely hyper-real, however, in spite of Kafka’s… Read More Psychoanalytic Reading of Kafka’s The Man Who Disappeared

Sigmund Freud and the Trauma Theory

Although Sigmund Freud himself inaugurated this field of study, he subsequently abandoned it. Early in his career, he assumed that a history of sexual seduction in childhood was responsible for the neurotic symptoms he Feminist criticism and psychoanalysis  observed in his patients. Gradually, however, he moved away from a one-to-one formulation of the relationship of… Read More Sigmund Freud and the Trauma Theory

Jacques Lacan’s Reinterpretation of Freud

Jacques Lacan, who is often referred to as the “French Freud” transposed Freudian concepts into the realm of Saussurean structural linguistics, focussing on the operations of the process of signification, instead of the human mind as such. Lacanian reading attempted to correct the flaws of Freudian theory, especially the privilege that it accords to the… Read More Jacques Lacan’s Reinterpretation of Freud