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Elissa Marder

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240555

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.001.0001

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Back of Beyond: Anxiety and the Birth of the Future

Back of Beyond: Anxiety and the Birth of the Future

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The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
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Elissa Marder

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823240555.003.0005

This chapter explores how in Inhibitions, Symptoms, and Anxiety, Freud links the concept of birth to that of anxiety and, in so doing, attempts to integrate anxiety into his general metapsychology. However, instead of presenting birth as the origin of a developmental linear trajectory that leads inexorably to death along a time-line which moves us forward from a past, through a present, towards a future, birth emerges as the primal trauma, and anxiety is the psyche's living response to that trauma. By ripping time open from birth, anxiety gives time to the psyche, gives the psyche time, thereby opening up the possibility of a future.

Keywords:   traumatic anxiety, signal anxiety, birth, uncanny

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