Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory, Ch. 5 “Psychoanalysis”
The model of the psyche
Freud divides the unconscious into three basic units or structures: the ID, the EGO, and the SUPEREGO. 749 more words
“When we neurotically feel aversions to take up social roles we display a scepticism towards the uprightness of symbolic mandates or jobs.” – We are troubled by the idea of taking up the role of being a public persona, because in modernity we can sense how any such big Otherly persona only works into the hands of the obscene underside of the workings of a society run by masks. 39 more words
The Law was smeared, stigmatized, by enjoyment at the very moment of its emergence as the neutral- universal formal law. The very emergence of a pure neutral Law, free of its concrete ‘organic’ life-world support, gives birth to the obscene superego underside, since this very life-world support, once opposed to the pure Law, is all of a sudden perceived as obscene.