Once upon a time... defunct ends and hungers

By Ève Pilyser

The author rouses our memories of the endings (les fins, in French) of famous fairytales, choosing a literal rather than projective interpretation of them. She emphasizes parental counter-Oedipal feelings at play in these stories. The concealment of such feelings by psychoanalytic theories is a gauge of their importance. This approach discovers other hungers, (faims, pronounced exactly like fins, in French) on an archaic slope where the instinctual and eating are indistinguishable. This sheds some light on the understanding of anorexia nervosa from the standpoint of the transgenerational Oedipal problem complex underlying it. At the very end of the hungers (la fin des faims), the question of female self-individuation emerges in a new light.

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