Category archives for Issue 22 (2018)

Strange Creative Gifts and Freud’s “The Symbolism of Dreams”

Abstract Unlike the symbols found in folk-lore and fairy tales, Freud argues that “dreams symbols are used almost exclusively for the expression of sexual objects and relations.” Dreamers, Freud argues, draw upon an ancient language within their unconscious and thus have a mode of expression at their disposal which they do not know in waking […]

Eye to eye with myself, I lay in bliss: The phenomenology of narcissism in Kate Grenville’s Dark Places

Abstract Kate Grenville’s 1994 novel Dark Places is a study in Australian colonial misogyny and the phenomenology of narcissism. Its narrator, the odious Albion Singer, offers an extended account of his obsession with the look of the other. This article explores Singer’s relationship with himself and others through Sartrean psychoanalysis. Singer attempts to hide his ‘real self’ – an […]

Into Oblivion: A Study of Carl Jung’s Archetypes in John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me

Abstract Carl Jung believed that dreams offer solutions to the conscious mind and helped restore our psychic equilibrium. Jung also believed in an inherited collective, universal, and impersonal psychic system. John Howard Griffin, in his 1960 book, Black Like Me, darkens his skin in order to cross the color line and experience what life is […]

My Words Would Have Murdered: Sandor Ferenczi, Women’s Memoir, and Reparative Reading

Abstract This article explores some of the ways in which the work of Sandor Ferenczi can open new possibilities for readers of literary trauma narratives.  I examine the significant ways in which Ferenczi re-writes the Freudian analytic paradigm to introduce the importance of factors such as trust, compassion, and belief. I posit that through the […]

Bewildered in Salem: Speech Acts and Sexuality in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”

Abstract This essay examines speech acts and sexuality in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown,” relying on Lacanian psychoanalysis, etymology, and speech act theory to identify how Brown acts as a split subject. While many scholars have taken a psychosexual approach to Hawthorne’s tale, critics still treat Brown’s voyage into the forest like a morality tale. […]

Juliet’s Desire

Abstract As Shakespeare’s young Juliet falls in love, desire catapults her from innocence towards womanhood. She has not yet been carefully taught her culture’s patriarchal dictates about female behavior in courtship, sex and marriage. Juliet’s unfettered expression of desire in explicit and complex language confirms her subjectivity; speaking, she is lover as well as beloved. […]