By Eugene W. Holland
This can be the 1st booklet to use the rules of schizoanalysis to literary background and cultural experiences. through 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 impression of army authoritarianism and the capitalist marketplace (as good as Baudelaire's much-discussed relations situations) at the psychology and poetics of the author, who deserted his romantic idealism in want of a modernist cynicism that has characterised sleek tradition ever seeing that.
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In cases where the law of signification fails, particularly when the "nom/non-du-pere" is denied (or "foreclosed"), the result according to Lacan is "schizophrenia," a purely metonymic form of desire not governed by the metaphoric grammar, syntax, and lexicon of the symbolic order, linguistically conceived. 22 There exists, however, a tension (if not an evolution) between the anthropological connotations of the term and an increasingly mathematical or purely logical use of it, in Levi-Strauss as well as in Lacan.
16 The reaction of the French cultural elite to the rule of the market is correspondingly acute: Flaubert remarks that "all of society has been prostituted" (adding ironically, "but the prostitutes themselves least of all"); before him, Balzac had already made prostitution the general figure for emergent capitalist social relations, as documented in La Come'die humaine. Baudelaire's relations to the market are considerably more complex than the reactionary Balzac's straightforward condemnation.
In Lacan's Oedipal-family metaphor, of course, it is with respect to the "name-of-the-father" that the ego is constituted; for us, however, the figure-of-thedespot fulfills such a function - but does so only under certain historical conditions. For the modern period, the so-called "death of God" - or better still, concrete events like the actual death of Louis XVI during the Great Revolution (1793), or the sacking of the royal palace and the destruction of the throne during the Revolution of 1848 - these imply the collapse of the socio-symbolic order whose center the despot occupied or symbolized, and a corollary weakening of the socio-symbolic basis for ego-integration.