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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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SCOTTI, Sérgio. Guilt and enjoyment, psychoanalysis and literature. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2003, vol.16, n.1, pp.217-221. ISSN 0102-7972.

In this article, a re-reading of the well-known work by Freud, Dostoyevski and parricide (1927) is carried out, departing from the considerations about guilt made by Lacan in his Seminar V, The formations of the unconscious. The presumed epilepsy, of which Dostoyevski might have suffered, is questioned by Freud who understands the "attacks" of the Russian writer as a result of a hysterical identification with his dead father. In this interpretation, the issue of the guilt for the father's murder is implied. However, it is possible to re-read Freud's interpretation from Lacan's argument that a death claim addressed to the Other causes the death of the subject himself. The end of the article discusses guilt in hysteria and obsession, proposing, also, that the issue of style has to do with the literary creation as well as the clinical diagnosis.

Keywords : Guilt; enjoyment; psychoanalysis; literature.

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