Férez 2013 Violence

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Author: Pedro Antonio Férez Mora

Title: Violence, Death, Sex and Psychoanalysis in Dennis Cooper's The Dream Police

Subtitle: -

Journal: Atlantis: Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies

Volume: 35

Issue: 2

Year: December 2013

Pages: 81-98

ISSN: 0210-6124 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Representations: Literature / Dennis Cooper

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Abstract: »This essay will explore the mirroring of erotic desire and violence that Dennis Cooper undertakes in his poetry anthology The Dream Police (Selected Poems 1969-1993). Drawing mainly on Jacques Lacan and Georges Bataille, it will be argued that sexual violence is the vehicle which Cooper uses to liberate eroticism from what in psychoanalysis is known as the Symbolic — the order of the human mind ruled by sociocultural prescriptions. This liberation is productive of alternative knowledge about Cooperian subjects and their vicissitudes in desire, especially the poietic metaphorization of their sexual drives. On articulating this view, this piece of research departs from the critical line that conceives Cooper’s violent ars erotica as either an elicitor of nihilism or the annihilation of otherness.« [Source: Atlantis]


  1. Sexual Violence in Dennis Coopers's Literature: What Lies Behind (p. 82)
  2. Cooper's "Real" Sex: Moving Away from the Symbolic (p. 84)
    2.1 The Carnalization of Desire in The Dream Police (p. 88)
    2.2 The Brutalisation of Desire in The Dream Police (p. 90)
  3. Conclusions (p. 95)
  Works Cited (p. 96)

Wikipedia: Dennis Cooper

Added: December 28, 2013 | Last updated: December 28, 2013