Coming Too Late: Reflections on Freud and Belatedness (Suny Series, Insinuations: Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Liter)
Aiming to reconceptualize some of Freud´s earliest psychoanalytic thinking, Andrew Barnaby´s Coming Too Late argues that what Freud understood as the fundamental psychoanalytic relationship--a son´s ambivalent relationship to his father--is governed not by the sexual rivalry of the Oedipus complex but by the existential predicament of belatedness. Analyzing the rhetorical tensions of Freud´s writing, Barnaby shows that filial ambivalence derives particularly from the son´s vexed relation to a paternal origin he can never claim as his own. Barnaby also demonstrates how Freud at once grasped and failed to grasp the formative nature of the son´s crisis of coming after, a duality marked especially in Freud´s readings and misreadings of a series of precursor texts--the biblical stories of Moses, Shakespeare´s Hamlet, E. T. A. Hoffmann´s "The Sandman"--that often anticipate the very insights that the Oedipal model at once reveals and conceals. Reinterpreting Freudian psychoanalysis through the lens of Freud´s own acts of interpretation, Coming Too Late further aims to consider just what is at stake in the foundational relationship between psychoanalysis and literature.