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Title: "Loquacious with an Obstinate Silence": Sexual and Textual Subversions in Freud's 'Dora' and Fowles' 'A Maggot'
Contributor(s): O'Sullivan, J (author)
Publication Date: 2003
DOI: 10.1525/lal.2003.15.2.209
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Abstract: John Fowles's 'A Maggot' traces the processes of detection and interrogation through which an investigative lawyer seeks to define, and subsequently contain or silence, the absent, or discursively resistant otherness, of a female "mystic." Sigmund Freud's 'Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria (Dora)', constitutes an account of the remarkably similar processes employed by the psychoanalyst in his efforts to diagnose, and subsequently silence through his "talking cure" the unspeakable discourse of his female "hysteric." This article argues that, whilst 'Dora' constitutes an example of a discursive construction of female subjectivity that, at one level, is exposed and critiqued in 'A Maggot', when these two texts are read alongside one another, 'Dora' in turn sheds light on some of the ways in which 'A Maggot' constructs some very limiting and deterministic representations of its own. In this respect, 'A Maggot' can be read not only as an instance of the representation of law in literature, but also as one of law as literature, in that the legal impulse to achieve the closure of conviction within the narrative parallels the literary impulse to achieve closure of the narrative itself.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Law & Literature, 15(2), p. 209-228
Publisher: University of California Press
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1535-685X
Field of Research (FOR): 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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