By Anders Olsson, Daniel Birnbaum
Initially released in Swedish in 1992, As a Weasel Sucks Eggs examines the enigmatic relation of melancholia to an early form of cannibalism, which psychoanalysis, particularly, under pressure. It includes studying of, among others, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, Sigmund Freud, G. W. F. Hegel, and the Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf. The authors additionally quote Goethe and Rabelais, for whom nutrients is a cosmic precept, the soil of fertility, on which all production relies. In a transferred feel, nutrients additionally performs that very same position for the melancholiac—he who questions the traditional order of items, who creates an different “unknown food,” with quite a few meanings. The authors “trace the will for this different foodstuff throughout the a while, and scrutinize its dating to either primitive sacrificial rites in addition to modern anthropology, philosophy, and linguistic theory.”
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108. lhlul. pp. 114 H5. /1? folie d llige arises from an intentional seclusion, thus, it can also be overcome by a lin- guistic and artistic act. In the sphere of pathology, we have a different scheme, a different order of things: solitude is the result of a morbid can not be overcome that by the will. According to the medical science of the day, the melancholic person the dark fluids that pressed their way into his body must be driven out by force. No refinement of melancholy is thought to be possible here; the only devel- only a violent disposition course of treatment could save — possible is a transition to mania, a transformation to which we will return.
83-90. question: “Untersuchungen iiber die friiheste priigenitale Entwicklungsstufe der libido" from 1916 and “Versuch einer Psyclmanalyse seelischer Stdrungen” Entwicldungsgeschichte from 1924. NH der Libido auf Grund der Abraham argues for the theory that the melancholiac has an oral fixation and carries a sense of shame for his “cannibalistic” impulse, which manifests itself in self—punishment, a mysticism of suffering, and self—starvation. The hatred is directed primarily against the mother, in a sort of inverted Oedipus Complex, which is why the melancholiac has problems distinguishing between oral and genital, between eating and loving.
131. p. 35 Ibid. p. 35. 55 IV. The Melancholiac Psychoanalysis at as Cannibal the Crossroads modernity, melancholy was set loose from the three other humors and temperaments, and developed a normative status for the literature and philosophy of the epoch. Iulia Kristeva goes so far as to claim there is a specifically melancholic text, not only as far as themes and historical roots are concerned, but also with regard to linguistic construction a type of text that inspires and beseeches, one rich with multiple meaning, one that, on an advanced level, would be characteristic not just of melancholy, but also of modernism.