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The Besieged EgoDoppelgangers and Split Identity Onscreen$
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Caroline Ruddell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692026

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692026.001.0001

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The Ego in Freud and Lacan

The Ego in Freud and Lacan

(p.36) Chapter 2 The Ego in Freud and Lacan
The Besieged Ego

Caroline Ruddell

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers how many figures in film and television can be considered as a representation informed by the psychoanalytic concept ego. Such representations are problematic due to the differing accounts of Freud’s ego (realist and narcissistic), as well as the fact that Lacan takes up only the narcissistic ego in his theory of psychoanalysis. For Lacan, the ego can never be attached to reality and in control, as is largely the case with Freud’s realist ego. The protagonist as ego is key to the research premise of this book as a means by which to understand representations of identity that struggle in remaining autonomous; both Freud and Lacan’s account of the ego are instrumental in allowing for understanding identity as a difficult experience. This chapter therefore charts the problematic nature of the ego in theory and how the ego can be used as a concept to understand the representations of fractured and unstable identity onscreen.

Keywords:   Freud, Lacan, ego, narcissism, mirror stage

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