Psychoanalysis and Theatricality

Samuel Weber

in Theatricality as Medium

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224159
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235841 | DOI:
Psychoanalysis and Theatricality

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This chapter mainly aims to discuss the significance of theatricality for psychoanalysis by understanding the commonly accepted conception of theatricality and the conception that Freud asserts. It is shown in this chapter how theatrical figures convey conflict, particularly that of a certain character in a play. Also, focus is given to Freud's concept of Ego and how this differs from McDougall's definition of conflict. This chapter discusses the following traits that are common and relevant to all tragic plots: metabasis or change, coup de théâtre or turn of events, and anagnorisis or recognition. These traits are then related to Freud's explicit and implicit discussions of how narrative functions imply the unconscious through discussing a theatrical conception of the psyche.

Keywords: Freud; psychoanalysis; theatricality; metabasis; anagnorisis; coup de theatre; recognition; unconscious; psyche

Chapter.  10861 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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