In All Innocence: Repression and Sylvia Fraser's <i>My Father's House</i>

Jane Kilby

in Violence and the Cultural Politics of Trauma

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780748618163
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653041 | DOI:
In All Innocence: Repression and Sylvia Fraser's My Father's House

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This chapter is based on a reading of Sylvia Fraser's incest memoir My Father's House, a testimony written by her after forty years of amnesia. It offers a thorough exploration of the psychoanalytic debates of memory, fantasy and sexual abuse by tracking, in particular, the multiple meanings and use of repression. The chapter also interrogates how the conceptual move from reading the scene of incest based on a notion of hysteria towards a reading based on Nachträglichkeit alters the theoretical status of the event. This said, however, it furthermore attempts to push our theoretical language beyond the terms established by Jeffrey Masson in his Assault on Truth (1984), hence while the author is keen to maintain a language of innocence she is also keen to alter how we might think about it.

Keywords: amnesia; memory; fantasy; sexual abuse; incest; reading

Chapter.  10214 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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