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The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
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The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, Deconstruction

Elissa Marder


This book examines the uncanny status of the mother in literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, film, and photography. Beginning with close readings of the figure of the mother within psychoanalytic theory, it shows how the mother emerges as an obscure stumbling block in Freud's meta-psychological accounts of the psyche and haunts his writings on art and literature by becoming associated with some of psychoanalysis' most unruly and enigmatic concepts (the uncanny, anxiety, the primal scene, the crypt, and magical thinking). This uncanny maternal figure bears witness to the fact that birth itsel ... More

Keywords: mother, birth, primal scene, crypt, anxiety, mourning, photography, magical thinking, Derrida, Barthes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823240555
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elissa Marder, author
Department of Comparative Literature, Emory University