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Semiotics as Metapsychology. The Status of Repression

dc.contributor.authorGay, Volney Patrick
dc.identifier.citationGay VP. "Semiotics As Metapsychology. The Status of Repression." Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. 46. 6 (1982): 489-506.en
dc.description.abstractAmong the many replacements offered for Freud's much critizied metapsychology, those based on linguistics are especially popular. But are they adequate to the task? Peterfreund (1971), Ricoeur (1970), Schafer (1976), and many others have agreed in their rejection of Freud's economic point of view. They have disagreed, however, about its replacement. Relative latecomers to the dispute are those who hold that semiotics, or the general theory of sign production, is the theory most likely to succeed Freud's defunct treatises on psychic energy. Among these contemporary authors is Colin Martindale (1975), whose work I shall analyze, not only to underscore its merits and, by extension, those of the semiotic option in general, but also to point out some of its limitations.
dc.publisherBulletin of the Menninger Clinicen
dc.rightsReprinted with permission of Guilford Press.
dc.subject.lcshPsychoanalysis -- Semiotics
dc.subject.lcshFreud, Sigmund, 1856-1939
dc.subject.lcshMartindale, Colin
dc.titleSemiotics as Metapsychology. The Status of Repressionen
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts & Science
dc.description.departmentDepartment of Religious Studies

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