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'Crypts of Identity: the Refusal of Mourning in "Wuthering Heights"' / Steven, Vine

English, Volume: 48, Issue: 192, Pages: 169 - 186

Swansea University Author: Steven, Vine

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The essay examines the ghosts of loss and exclusion in 'Wuthering Heights', and argues that selfhood and the social body in the novel are riven by the phantoms they exclude. Loss and exclusion are inscribed in a dynamics of mourning, for the text's exiled terms inhabit a domain of alt...

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Published in: English
Published: 1999
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa17981
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Abstract: The essay examines the ghosts of loss and exclusion in 'Wuthering Heights', and argues that selfhood and the social body in the novel are riven by the phantoms they exclude. Loss and exclusion are inscribed in a dynamics of mourning, for the text's exiled terms inhabit a domain of alterity where loss is mourned in an acceptance of deprivation, and at the same time refused in a denial of loss. The argument draws on the work of psychoanalysts Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok to show how - at the levels of selfhood, sociality and textuality - 'Wuthering Heights' memorializes an irremediable deprivation whose force becomes ‘encrypted’ in the novel’s phantom effects.
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 192
Start Page: 169
End Page: 186