Onslaughts on Filiation: Lautréamont's <i>Chants de Maldoror</i>

Rodolphe Gasché

in The Stelliferous Fold

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234349
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823241279 | DOI:
Onslaughts on Filiation: Lautréamont's Chants de Maldoror

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This chapter is devoted to the first song of Lautréamont's Chants de Maldoror. It brings a significantly and qualitatively different scene of production of the text into view: rather than letting itself be framed in terms of a psychoanalytic primal scene, it turns the psychoanalytic understanding of such scenes upside down. Even though this scene of production, with all its phantasmatic décor, still seems modeled after a psychoanalytic Urszene, the text of the Chants itself complicates its structure and subverts its own status as a primal or originary scene that could help to genetically account for the text itself. As a result of the uncompromising war against all filiation, descent, and derivation staged in this scene that thoroughly undercuts its own generative power, the very notion of a scene of production will have to be recalibrated.

Keywords: Chants de Maldoror; primal scene; phantasmatic décor; Urszene; originary scene

Chapter.  10177 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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