"Minxing Marrage and Making Loof": Anti-Oedipal Reading

Vicki Mahaffey

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Argues that James Joyce's writings reflect the transition from a representation of desire as oedipal, to a model that draws its power, not from lack, but from excess, surfeit, waste. Politics and pschoanalysis; Textual representativity; Reading as a consumer enterprise; Oedipalization; Deliberate self-contradiction; Slippage between oedipal and anti-oedipal; Celebratory and destructive phases of marriage.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-237
Number of pages19
JournalJames Joyce Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993


  • marriage
  • reading
  • human organs
  • fathers
  • sons
  • fascism
  • political power
  • mental objects
  • desire
  • repression


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