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The Writing of AnxietyIntroduction: ‘Dreading Forward’: the Writing of Anxiety at Mid-Century

The Writing of Anxiety: Introduction: ‘Dreading Forward’: the Writing of Anxiety at Mid-Century [In his famous 1915 essay, ‘Thoughts for the Times on War and Death’, Freud wrote about how war exposed the madness that lurked at the heart of the West’s illusions about what it meant to be civilized. As studies of modernism and trauma have demonstrated, that madness found eloquent and tortured expression in the cultural imagination of the first part of the twentieth century.3 This book adds to this work by suggesting how the psychopathology of wartime was registered by two second-generations: the generation of psychoanalysts who came after Freud, and whose work thrived in 1940s Britain; and by some of those late modernists who had cut their teeth on the expressive verve of their war-shocked elders, only to find themselves having to re-invent an aesthetic not only for another war, but for the prolongation of a state of war consciousness that was to last for the remainder of the twentieth century — and beyond.4 This is not, however, simply a book about trauma, but rather has a slightly different starting point which I attempt to describe here, with a perhaps necessary historical awkwardness, as the writing of anxiety.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Writing of AnxietyIntroduction: ‘Dreading Forward’: the Writing of Anxiety at Mid-Century

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007
ISBN
978-1-349-28456-6
Pages
1 –13
DOI
10.1057/9780230592025_1
Publisher site
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Abstract

[In his famous 1915 essay, ‘Thoughts for the Times on War and Death’, Freud wrote about how war exposed the madness that lurked at the heart of the West’s illusions about what it meant to be civilized. As studies of modernism and trauma have demonstrated, that madness found eloquent and tortured expression in the cultural imagination of the first part of the twentieth century.3 This book adds to this work by suggesting how the psychopathology of wartime was registered by two second-generations: the generation of psychoanalysts who came after Freud, and whose work thrived in 1940s Britain; and by some of those late modernists who had cut their teeth on the expressive verve of their war-shocked elders, only to find themselves having to re-invent an aesthetic not only for another war, but for the prolongation of a state of war consciousness that was to last for the remainder of the twentieth century — and beyond.4 This is not, however, simply a book about trauma, but rather has a slightly different starting point which I attempt to describe here, with a perhaps necessary historical awkwardness, as the writing of anxiety.]

Published: Oct 6, 2015

Keywords: Anxious Child; Psychic Life; Pleasure Principle; Death Drive; Historical Agency

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