Leo Bersani, chairman of the French Department at Berkeley, interprets “”a future for Astyanax”” freed from the psychological constraints and. Leo Bersani, A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature (London: Marion Boyars, ; hardback, £ ISBN 0 1). Show full title. Ohio Wesleyan UniversityBernard Murchland A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature, by Leo Bersani; pp. xii & Boston & Toronto: Litde.

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One of the many merits of Bersani’s fine new book is his refutation of such expectations. The value of literature, and criticism, is to teach us about desire and its relation to a fragmented or unified self. Be the first to discover new talent! He is not likely to succeed at this because his theory is fragmentary and gor speculative, and presented with forbidding density and complacent abstraction.

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From Character and Desire to Force and Choreography. Leo Bersani – Effects and Affects of Theory: Such a recognition is “the necessary point of departure” p.

A Future For Astyanax

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Many classic novelists show, in different ways, the conflict between unity of self and desire; in so doing they implicidy undermine the traditional novel.

Jay Clayton – – Critical Inquiry 16 1: A Future for Astyanax: Leo Bersani, chairman of the French Department at Berkeley, interprets this illicit exchange of favors as an allegory of psychological liberation: Contact Contact Us Help. Bishop Butler’s Refutation of Psychological Hedonism. From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy euppublishing.



Character and Desire in Literature, by Leo Bersani; pp. A Future for Astyanax: Science Logic and Mathematics.

The adult self A requires a conflict with other adults: Studia Humaniora Estonica 11 In the dream, “from the host of our unconscious desires, a ‘happy few’ are selected. In Racine’s Andromache, the heroine saves her son, Astyanax, from the murderous victors of the Trojan war by consenting to marry Pyrrhus, a disobedient, lustful enemy hero.

Such literature astywnax, implicidy, a recognition of the fundamental deceptions about the self and desire upon which the classical novel was based.

Literatures of the “deconstructed” self use equally complex and varied devices. Narrative and Theories of Desire. Brown, Marcuse, and Laing, Bersani celebrates this liberation as “”a psychology of. Sign in Create an account.