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Defences with the Taste of Death

Author(s): Željka Matijašević
Subject(s): Literary Texts, Comparative Study of Literature, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, Psychoanalysis
Published by: Durieux
Keywords: Postmodernism; hybridity; psychoanalysis; Freud; Jung; Lacan; love; homo duplex;
Summary/Abstract: Into a loosely constructed love story, Željka Matijašević incorporates a dialogue between Id, Ego, and Super-Ego, and a quarrel between Freud, Jung and Lacan; an essayistic comparison of Julian Barnes and Gustave Flaubert, and many other, apparently, disparate elements. This hybrid novel was written as a structural homage to Barnes' Flaubert's Parrot. Plot-wise, it is a story about a couple who cannot realise their relationship. Mixing psychoanalytic theory with the ludic narration, Matijašević creates a wonderfully witty piece of writing. Željka Matijašević was born in 1968, in Zagreb. She graduated in Comparative Literature, and French Language and Literature at the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She obtained her doctor's degree at the Trinity College of the Cambridge University. She is a full-professor at the Department of the Comparative Literature at the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her main interests are psychoanalytic theory and applied psychoanalysis. She is an author of six scientific books: Lacan: ustrajnost dijalektike (2005), Strukturiranje nesvjesnog: Freud i Lacan (2006), Uvod u psihoanalizu: Edip, Hamlet, Jekyll/Hyde (2011), Stoljeće krhkog sebstva: psihoanaliza, društvo, kultura (2016), Drama, drama (2020), and The Borderline Culture (2021). She also authored one novel, Defences with the Taste of Death (2019), and a lexicon Black Lymph/Green Heart: The Alternative Lexicon of Soul (2017). She is a member of La Fondation Européenne pour la Psychanalyse and the Croatian Writers Society.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-953-188-487-7
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Croatian