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Fear of Perfection, Love of Death and the Bottle

  • Sue Vice

Abstract

The Consul’s fear has apparently been that his marriage to Yvonne would be too perfect:

Far too soon it had begun to seem too much of a triumph, it had been too good, too horribly unimaginable to lose, impossible finally to bear: it was as if it had become itself its own foreboding that it could not last, a foreboding that was like a presence too, turning his steps towards the taverns again. (p. 205)

Keywords

Irrelevant Speech Alcoholic Anonymous Death Instinct Subsidiary Person Erratic Journey 
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Notes

  1. 1.
    Peter Brooks, Reading for the Plot (Oxford: 1984) p. 109.Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind (New York: 1972) p. 329.Google Scholar
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    See Jacques Lacan, Ecrits: A Selection, 1977 p. 112.Google Scholar
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    Rene Girard, Deceit, Desire and the Novel (Baltimore: 1965) p. 176.Google Scholar
  5. 13.
    Sigmund Freud, ‘Mourning and melancholia’, On Metapsychology: The Theory of Psychoanalysis (Harmondsworth: 1984) p. 254.Google Scholar
  6. 16.
    See M. M. Bakhtin, Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics (Ardis: 1973) esp. pp. 190–9.Google Scholar
  7. 17.
    Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse, (New York: 1978) p. 3.Google Scholar
  8. 27.
    Julia Kristeva, Revolution in Poetic Language (New York: 1984).Google Scholar
  9. 28.
    C. Ackerley and L.J. Clipper, A Companion to Under the Volcano (Vancouver: 1984), p. 304.Google Scholar

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  • Sue Vice

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