HEGEL | HAWTHORNE | POE | FREUD | LACAN
Purpose: Hegel & Psychoanalysis is meant to promote the work of the 5 figures listed above, though not exclusively.
11/21 – “Misrecognition”
Misrecognition. Let us chop it up: mis-re-cognition. Cognition is, according to the Oxford Languages, “the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.” Cognition is perception through the senses, registered/organized in the mind. Re-cognition is to perceive again, connoting repetition. Lastly, “mis.” It is all a miss! Mis-re-cognition–misrecognition–is misperceiving that involves a repetition of some sort. The small matrix of meaning with failure. At the base of the subject is a fault-line, a litter of cracks. “I”=wobbly structure.
11/11 – the Acorn
The acorn always aroused my suspicion. “What is this round tree-rock doing in the grass?” I would ask. The acorn arouses curiosity just as other strange signs in childhood do. They pierce the question, “Where does life come from?” To put it in terms of natural science, or dendrology, “Where do small, little trees come from?” They come from the mature oak tree. My curiosity concerning the acorn was a transference of my curiosity concerning the origin of my, and all, human life.
11/10 – Genre
I loathe “genre.” Why study anything if you are going to put it into a box? It limits the understanding.
11/9 – A memory
When I was younger, I once called my teacher “mommy.” I was running through the hall, and I saw a middle-aged lady. I naturally said, “Mommy!”
Let us examine this. Why did I do this? What does this slip reveal? It tells us that unregulated speech has a truth. Even though this woman was not my mother, literally speaking, she nonetheless served a maternal function in my life. My speech betrayed me.
11/9 – Sociological vs imaginative literature
What is imaginative literature? Does it exist?
We can separate imaginative literature from its colleague, sociological literature. Let us look at the 19th century in America. We have two writers of the imagination: Emily Dickinson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. We also have two writers of sociological literature: Margaret Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson. There is a distinction in terms of what they are making. This is all I can say for now.