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Method in madness : control mechanisms in the French fantastic

Author: Jutta Emma Fortin
Publisher: Amsterdam ; New York : Rodopi, ©2005.
Series: Chiasma, 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The language of the fantastic left its mark upon many different thinkers in 19th-century Europe. Marx's comparison of consumer goods to fetish objects, works by Villiers de l'Isle-Adam or other novelists about machines that assume lives of their own, or the diagnoses of psychological illness offered by doctors in Maupassant's tales all blur the lines between scientific description and beliefs in the magical.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jutta Emma Fortin
ISBN: 9042016566 9789042016569
OCLC Number: 61219247
Description: 148 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction. History and theories of the fantastic ; The fantastic and psychological defence ; Outline --
Fetishization. Fetishization and the fantastic ; Balzac's "Le chef-d'oeuvre inconnu" ; Maupassant's "La chevelure" ; Gautier's "Le pied de momie" --
Projection. Projection and the fantastic ; The uncanny ; Sand's "La fée aux gros yeux" ; George Sand and idealism ; Mérimée's "Carmen" --
Intellectualization. Intellectualization and the fantastic ; Mérimée's "La Vénus d'Ille" ; Mérimée's "Carmen" --
Mechanization. Mechanization and the fantastic ; Hoffmann's "Der Sandmann" ; Villiers de l'Isle-Adam's L'E€ve future ; The mechanical monster --
Compulsion. Compulsion and the fantastic ; Maupassant's "Madame Hermet" ; Maupassant's "Fou."
Series Title: Chiasma, 16.
Responsibility: Jutta Emma Fortin.

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"The language of the fantastic left its mark upon many different thinkers in 19th-century Europe. Marx's comparison of consumer goods to fetish objects, works by Villiers de l'Isle-Adam or other novelists about machines that assume lives of their own, or the diagnoses of psychological illness offered by doctors in Maupassant's tales all blur the lines between scientific description and beliefs in the magical. Building upon a wealth of critical studies devoted to the fantastic and upon Freud's theory of the unconscious, Jutta Fortin proposes that many classic stories of the fantastic undermine basic psychological mechanisms that are designed to help their users cope with shocking or disturbing events. By defining five of these defence mechanisms, and analyzing stories by eight writers that both illustrate and subvert such mechanisms, Dr. Fortin offers reasons why fantastic stories appealed to those readers who wished to better understand human motivations."--Jacket.

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