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Literature and Psychoanalysis

Catherine Bates, BA, D.Phil (Oxford) - Professor

Literature and culture of the Renaissance period, with a special interest in sixteenth-century courtly poetry. Her other interests include psychonanalysis (in particular, gender identity and constructions of masculinity), and epic. Her books include The Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992); an edition of selected poems by Sir Philip Sidney (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1994); Play in a Godless World: The Theory and Practice of Play in Shakespeare, Nietzsche and Freud (London: Open Gate Press, 1999), The Cambridge Companion to Epic (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), Masculinity, Gender and Identity in the English Renaissance Lyric (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Masculinity and the Hunt: Wyatt to Spenser (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013). She is also a member of the Medieval and Early Modern research group.

John Fletcher, BA (Melbourne), BPhil (Oxford) – Associate Professor

Three main areas: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic and related writing; the formation of modern gay and lesbian cultural identities, sub-cultures and writings; psychoanalytic theory, especially the work of Jean Laplanche which he translates and edits from the French. He has edited volumes on film melodrama (Melodrama and Transgression, in Screen 1987), Julia Kristeva (Abjection, Melancholia and Love, 1990) and Jean Laplanche (Jean Laplanche: A Dossier, 1992), and a collection of Laplanche’s metapsychological papers, Essays on Otherness (1999) and a special issue of New Formations (2002-03). He has recently published essays on Laplanche's metapsychology (Psychoanalytoc Quarterly, 2007), Freud and Sophocles' Oedipus The King (Textual Practice, 2007), and Freud and E. T. A. Hoffman (Angelaki, 2002). He is finishing a book on Freud and the Scenography of Trauma that addresses the status and power of traumatic scenes in Freud's interpretative practice and models of psychic life, as well as a collection of studies of traumatic narratives in film and literature. In the near future, he will be overseeing the translation into English of Laplanche's complete works. He is also incubating a book on Modernity and the Gothic, the haunting of the culture of modernity by the ineradicable hold of tradition and inheritance. He is also a member of the Critical Theory research group, the Translation, Theory and Practice research group, and the British Writing and Culture 1750-1900 research group.

Emma Francis, BA, MA (Southampton), PhD (Liverpool) - Associate Professor

The interface of Victorian studies and feminist thought with particular interest in 19th century British women's poetry especially Amy Levy, Letitia Landon, Emily Bronte and Mathilde Blind. Current research focuses on the intellectual traffic between Bloomsbury and the East End between 1880 and 1920, examining the key figures Olive Schreiner, Eleanor Marx, Clementina Black, Israel Zangwill and Stewart Headlam. She is also working currently on a shorter project 'Psychoanalysis in Egypt: Victorian "science" and Freud's "historical novel"'. She organises a seminar series in collaboration with Janet Campbell of the University of Birmingham at the Institute of English Studies at the University of London, Psychoanalysis, Literature and Practice. For a list of the 2011-12 series, click here. She is also a member of the Religion and Literature research group and the British Writing and Culture 1750-1900 research group.

Dan Katz, BA (Reed), PhD (Stanford) - Associate Professor

Modernism and post-modernism; psychoanalysis, philosophy, and critical theory; transatlantic literary studies; poetry, the lyric subject, and autobiographical constructions. Recent research has emphasized expatriation, translation, exoticism, multilingualism, and constructions of native and foreign in Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, and Jack Spicer, among others. My current research focuses on various twentieth-century elaborations of a poetics of interference. Recent books include Saying 'I' No More: Subjectivity and Consciousness in the Prose of Samuel Beckett (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1999), and American Modernism's Expatriate Scene: The Labour of Translation (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007). He is also a member of the Critical Theory research group, the Modern and Contemporary Literature research group, and the American Literature and Culture research group.


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