Victorian Literature and Culture



AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND DAVID COPPERFIELD'S TEMPORALITIES OF LOSS


Kevin Ohi a1
a1 Boston College

GLOSSING FREUD'S FAMOUS EXAMPLE of “shine on the nose/glance at the nose” (Glanz auf der Nase), Christopher Pye suggests that the familiar account of the fetish (as a simulacrum standing in for a missing object) does not capture what is exemplary about the example, that is, the way the act of looking is crystallized in the object seen, a shine equated with a glance. In that conflation, one can recognize the ultimate grounds for the fetish's captivating properties, as well as the entire economy of repudiation and renewed loss it embodies. Not simply a reassuring compromise object in place of a loss, the fetish actively plays out and shores against that originating split in the experience of being inscribed within– ‘fascinated’ by–the gaze as it derives from elsewhere. (176 n.17)



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