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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He is not likely to succeed at this because his theory is fragmentary and highly speculative, and presented with forbidding density and complacent abstraction. Each bereani, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. History of Western Philosophy. From Character and Desire to Force and Choreography.

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A Future For Astyanax

Leo Bersani – – University of Chicago Press. Allying himself loosely with critics of psychoanalysis like Norman O. Shorter Reviews for further discussion. But he places much knowledge and intelligence on display, and the reader with a learned and resolute curiosity about literary psychology will find his analyses of individual works and authors absorbing.


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The Fictions of Life and of Art. Bersani, using a psychoanalytic framework, shows why psychoanalysis would be mistaken to think of this literature of the “deconstructed” self as merely regressive. Jay Clayton – – Critical Inquiry 16 1: In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: David Carrier – astyabax Philosophy and Literature 1 3: Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

The adult self A requires a conflict with other adults: We have become accustomed—and certainly most critics do little to upset this expectation—to think literary criticism as of only marginal relevance to philosophy. Request removal from index. The Culture of Redemption. This article has no associated abstract.

Contact Contact Us Help. In the density of its textual analysis, in its philosophically suggestive account of desire and the self, in its creative use of recent French criticism, and in the clarity and scope of its perspective on the realistic novel, Bersani’s book is very impressive.


Leo Bersani, chairman of the French Department at Berkeley, interprets this illicit exchange of favors as an allegory of psychological liberation: Be the first to discover new talent! Such literature shows, implicidy, a recognition of the fundamental deceptions about the self and desire upon which the classical novel was based.

Media reporter, reviewer, zstyanax, guest booker, blogger. The opposition bersaji these two forms of futude is the basis for Bersani’s description of the relation of realistic fiction to literature of the “deconstructed” self.

A Future for Astyanax deserves to be read widely and studied with care. Far from being merely regressive, art thus can reveal possibilities for the loss of self that otherwise would remain undreamt of.

The “deconstructed” self B fails to recognize the existence of other selves, and hence is really not a self at all.