This article explores how a more generous concept of rhetoric can reinvigorate our understanding of psychoanalysis and literary language. Against deconstruction’s reduction of rhetoric to the unsettling indeterminacy of tropes, an Aristotelian view of rhetoric and its relationship to dialectic can provide an integrative model for psychoanalysis as both a mode of therapy and a mode of literary analysis. This argument is worked out in a reading of the Symbolist playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, whose work stages a conflict between intellectual conviction and rhetorical persuasion that is, this article concludes, at the core of all psychoanalytic treatment.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Revue Internationale de Philosophie|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Dec 2017|
- Centre for Humanities Health and Science