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The Stelliferous FoldToward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation$
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Rodolphe Gasché

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823234349

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823234349.001.0001

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Onslaughts on Filiation: Lautréamont's Chants de Maldoror

Onslaughts on Filiation: Lautréamont's Chants de Maldoror

(p.64) Chapter 3: Onslaughts on Filiation: Lautréamont's Chants de Maldoror
The Stelliferous Fold

Rodolphe Gasché

Fordham University Press

This chapter is devoted to the first song of Lautréamont's Chants de Maldoror. It brings a significantly and qualitatively different scene of production of the text into view: rather than letting itself be framed in terms of a psychoanalytic primal scene, it turns the psychoanalytic understanding of such scenes upside down. Even though this scene of production, with all its phantasmatic décor, still seems modeled after a psychoanalytic Urszene, the text of the Chants itself complicates its structure and subverts its own status as a primal or originary scene that could help to genetically account for the text itself. As a result of the uncompromising war against all filiation, descent, and derivation staged in this scene that thoroughly undercuts its own generative power, the very notion of a scene of production will have to be recalibrated.

Keywords:   Chants de Maldoror, primal scene, phantasmatic décor, Urszene, originary scene

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