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Aberrations of Mourning

Laurence A. Rickels


This book is the first volume in the “unmourning” trilogy. Here, the text studies mourning and melancholia within and around psychoanalysis, analyzing the writings of such thinkers as Freud, Nietzsche, Lessing, Heinse, Artaud, Keller, Stifter, Kafka, and Kraus. The book maintains that we must shift the way we read literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis to go beyond traditional Oedipal structures. The book argues that the idea of the crypt has had a surprisingly potent influence on psychoanalysis, and it shows how society’s disturbed relationship with death and dying, our inability to let g ... More

Keywords: mourning, melancholia, psychoanalysis, Freud, Nietzsche, Lessing, Heinse, Artaud, death, dying

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816675951
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence A. Rickels, author