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Freud's Jaw and Other Lost Objects – Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer - Fordham Scholarship Online
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Freud's Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer

Lana Lin


Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects examines the vulnerabilities of the human body, in particular how cancer disrupts feelings of bodily integrity and agency. Employing psychoanalytic and literary analysis of atypical autopathographies, the book tracks three exemplary figures, psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, poet Audre Lorde, and literary and queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Freud’s sixteen-year ordeal with a prosthetic jaw, the result of oral cancer, demonstrates the powers and failures of prosthetic objects in warding off physical and psychic fragmentation. Lorde’s life writing reveals how ... More

Keywords: autopathography, cancer, Sigmund Freud, illness, Audre Lorde, loss, Melanie Klein, psychoanalysis, reparation, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823277711
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277711.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lana Lin, author
The New School