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Elizabeth Bowen's Psychoanalytic Fiction$
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Victoria Coulson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474480499

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474480499.001.0001

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(p.105) Chapter 2 Sexuality
Elizabeth Bowen's Psychoanalytic Fiction

Victoria Coulson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter, focusing on The Last September (1929), extends the discussion of Bowen’s symbolic correlation of political and psychic life to the image of the Big House, in Bowen’s imagination a prototypical object of desire. The first section explores Bowen’s analysis of the Irish War of Independence as a struggle between mature sexual rivals. The second section focuses on Bowen’s interest in forms of sexuality that evoke immature states of development and offer imaginative access to early stages of life.

Keywords:   Desire, The maternal object, Paternal prohibition, Infantile sexuality

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