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Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading$
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Mary Jacobus

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184348

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184348.001.0001

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Traces of an Accusing Spirit: Mary Hays and the Vehicular State

Traces of an Accusing Spirit: Mary Hays and the Vehicular State

(p.202) Six Traces of an Accusing Spirit: Mary Hays and the Vehicular State
Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading

Mary Jacobus

Oxford University Press

Freud familiarizes his readers with the notion that telepathy may become a valid communication form. He also suggests that individuals may have initially utilized telepathy as the original, archaic communication method. His concept was probably based on several earlier notions regarding one's ability to directly communicate with others. Also, it addresses psychoanalytic concepts about unconscious communication and unconscious intersubjective exchanges between the text and its readers. Autobiographical memoirs and epistolary fiction play no small part in creating subjectivity as these ideas connect together the origins of the eighteenth-century novel. This chapter utilizes Mary Hay's Memoirs of Emma Courtney as a part of the Enlightenment project in the studying of the human mind. Particular focus is drawn to an ideal communication form referred to as the ‘vehicular state’.

Keywords:   communication, telepathy, communication form, vehicular state, Mary Hays, Memoirs of Emma Courtney

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