It's "The Double and the Absent."  Sorry.  Being an identical twin, I tend to get reversed.

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Dear Terry,

I don't think we ever "analyse a text."  We are always analyzing a relation between a person and a text.  The person may be the author, or a reader, or ourselves.  Andre Green's paper, "The Absent and the Double" may be helpful in this regard.

  --Best, Murray
From: Discussion Group for Psychology and the Arts [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Terry Burridge [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, May 14, 2010 10:36 AM
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Subject: Lit.Crit 4

Dear list, apologies for coming back to a previous topic but this is about
the only place that i know where it's possible to ask some of my questions.
And to receive such a wealth of replies. So, my question is about psa and
lit crit again.

Reading the Narnian chronicles ,Lewis has an Aslan, the kind, generous ,
loving , just etc, etc. Lion. Certainly male. And fulfilling a paternal
Also there are the Witches. Female. All the opposite features of Aslan. And
triumphed over by male/father/ Aslan.

Now we know that, according to Lewis, he loved his mother and disliked his
father. And that his parents probably had the opposite character attributes
to their Narnian counterparts.
and it seems possible to surmise that Lewis' changing his real parents
around in Narnia represents some kind of conscious/ unconscious statement
about his inner world. His mother died when he was small. Leaving him with a
rather difficult father. Lewis might well have been furious at his mother
for dying. And have wanted an "Aslanish" father. So Narnia becomes a kind of
wish fulfillment fantasy.
So what? I can surmise about Lewis' inner world. I can guess at possible
reasons for his creation of the White Witch and of Aslan.

But I can't talk to Lewis and , possibly, analyse these things with him in
the hope that some ucs. material gets resolved or understood.
So why bother with analysing a text if it ends up feeling like a clever
parlour game?


"... we must scramble for grace as best we can."
                                          The Lady's Not For Burning.
                                                          Christopher Fry