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Aesthetic Reverberations in Literature and Education

Feryal Cubukcu

Aestheticism is broader in scope than the philosophy of art. It is also broader than the philosophy of beauty, in that it applies to any of the responses we might expect works of art or entertainment to elicit, whether positive or negative. That is why the articles in this collective volume aim to highlight the various reverberations of aestheticism on literature and education over the centuries.

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The Psychoanalytic Aesthetics in Anne Carson’s The Albertine Workout (Arsev Arslanoğlu Yıldıran)


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Arsev Arslanoğlu Yıldıran1

The Psychoanalytic Aesthetics in Anne Carson’s The Albertine Workout

1. Introduction

The definition of “terms of dialogue” between psychoanalysis and aesthetics has always been a thorny subject. It has been felt necessary at each stage of the discussions on aesthetics to show what the major concerns are for the aestheticians and the analyst-critics. Considering the broad realm of aesthetics as a discipline, three essential questions come to the fore: the nature of the creativity and the artist’s experience; the interpretation of art; the nature of aesthetic experience. Among these questions, psychoanalysis has much to tell about the creative processes and the outcoming artwork; however, it has always been a matter of question to what degree psychoanalysis can evaluate the formal qualities of an artwork. It suffices to touch on the subject here since a comprehensive review and discussion will exceed the scope of the present study which will examine how the Canadian author Anne Carson creates an aesthetic realm enabling her to encounter Marcel Proust, both the narrator and the author of In Search of Lost Time. In The Albertine Workout, Anne Carson presents a critical reading of Marcel Proust’s The Captive, which is the fifth book of his magnum opus. Focusing on the character Albertine, Carson tries to unfold the dynamics of the relationship between Albertine and Marcel. While observing Marcel’s obsessive preoccupation with Albertine, Carson presents the reader how the narrator’s inner conflicts...

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