A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: REGULATING DESIRE IN THE EMERGING MODERN STATE

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The incipient secularisation that takes place in early Modern times brings into focus the issue of governability. How to control individual behaviours as well as social ones becomes of paramount importance to the settlement and legitimisation of a state that, after the Reformation, can no longer lay its authority on a divine entity. Nor is religion a benchmark against which to measure individual wishes. Once desire is unleashed, it becomes as liberating as threatening to both individual and social existence as shown by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Love among young characters disrupts social organization as desire unfolds limitlessly, to …


FUNCTIONS OF DREAMS ABOUT FOOD AND EATING IN LITERATURE

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Our paper aims to identify the functions of dreams about food, preparing food and eating experienced by characters in 19th-century English and Romanian novels. Fictional descriptions of dreams about food and eating are usually associated with experiencing absence, anxiety, struggle and desire. Our analysis will correlate the functions of dreams about food and eating to the private and public spheres of life, as well as to gender. Eating was regarded as having consequences not only at the physical and mental level of the human body, but also in terms of social order: the poor asking for more food is an …


LA LUMIÈRE DE L’OBSCURITÉ ET LA VÉRITÉ DE LA NUDITÉ. QUELQUES FIGURES DE L’IMAGINAIRE DE L’EXCÈS DE GEORGES BATAILLE

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L’univers littéraire de Georges Bataille se fonde sur la négation qui est dérivée de la mort nietzschéenne de Dieu et de l’incertitude corrélative. Celle-ci signifie la décomposition de la subjectivité de l’homme. Afin de les dépasser, Bataille tente d’atteindre par ses fictions littéraires une subversion carnavalesque de la réalité, une extériorisation des fantasmes et de trouver de nouvelles formes de la transcendance. Il désigne cette transcendance comme expérience intérieure qui est réalisable par l’intermédiaire de l’excès et de la sexualité. Vu ce principe spécifique de la pensée et du positionnement de ses narrations à la limite de la névrose, l’œuvre …