Baudelaire and Schizoanalysis: The Socio-Poetics of by Eugene W. Holland

By Eugene W. Holland

This is often the 1st e-book to use the foundations of schizoanalysis to literary background and cultural stories. via resituating psychoanalysis in its socio-economic and cultural context, this framework offers a brand new and illuminating method of Baudelaire's poetry and paintings feedback. Professor Holland demonstrates the influence of army authoritarianism and the capitalist industry (as good as Baudelaire's much-discussed kinfolk conditions) at the psychology and poetics of the author, who deserted his romantic idealism in prefer of a modernist cynicism that has characterised glossy tradition ever on the grounds that.

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Psychic splitting in borderline narcissism is Baudelaire's only means of making the intensity of dismay at the revolution's failure bearable, given the intensity of his former enthusiasm for its promise. The modernist repudiation of narrative and suppression of history open a gap that must be acknowledged between what Baudelaire lived and what is registered in his poetry collections. It is thus imperative for us to distinguish between Baudelaire's own evolution from romantic to revolutionary to modernist, on one hand, and the development of the poetry appearing in the published works themselves, on the other.

It is less a matter of this being that than of this having that (possession), of this being more or less than that (comparisons of degree), of this doing that (action), of this causing that (causality), o r - more generallyof this affecting that in some way (effectivity). In this light, the evolution from a metaphoric to a metonymic poetics in a major historical figure such as Baudelaire is likely to have important ideological implications. But poststructuralist literary and cultural criticism has rarely brought discourse analysis derived from Jakobson and Lacan to bear on historical cases such as this.

The impact on individual psychology of the absence of a stable symbolic Other and the dissolution of codes in market society can be assessed in terms of decoding and recoding. In most cases, severe decoding produces trauma, for codes not only constrain, they also protect the psyche. As their coherence wanes, the psyche suffers contact with a decoded, completely meaningless "real" — Lacan's term for what lies completely outside all codes and signification, whether socio-centric (the symbolic register) or ego-centric (the imaginary register).

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