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Monday, May 10, 2021 12:31 am by M. in , ,    No comments
This is an example of Korean scholar research on the Brontës. It may be the translation or it may not, but it looks like you have to plod through it:
Yu Myongja
Studies in English Language & Literature, 47(1), , pp.61-81

As part of serial research on the Lacanian letter, this paper delves into the role of letters in building the narrative, this time, in a 19th-century classic work such as Jane Eyre by Ch. Brontë. The outcome of the research is as follows. Firstly, Jane appears as a hieroglyphic letter-being, a born air-fairy, posthuman super-being inbetween the Real and the Symbolic. Secondly, Brontë's work excels itself from other novels in that the letter-itself constitutes the ax of the novel’s unconscious structure. These letters reveal themselves hidden in the very name of Jane Eyre, which, namely, renders as a sort of echoic ‘J’aime Er’([젬 에어]: 나는 그(를) 사랑한다) in the wind. Identically, the invocatory drive calling “Jane! Jane! Jane!”(J’aime/ I love) she hears later turns out her own message of truth but reaching inverted form from Rochester, the Other. Thirdly, fascinating is that Jane Eyre exhibits further its textual unconscious in forms of the alphabetic-letter sounds such as M[em](love) and R[er](he), similar to those [O] and [A] we could find in the ‘Fort-da’ play or [V] and [W] by Wolf Man Freud analyzed. The text's unconscious structure then shapes itself a sort of Moebius strip repeatedly revolving around the letter-human, air-fairy each time she encounters, especially each of her four doubles under John, male counter-name of Jane. Every meeting with those doubles forms one signifiant chain circle of Moebius band evoking the Cross-cap Lacan displayed in the Seminar XI. Fourthly, we can figure out ‘the moment of signifience,’ where she experiences the no-thing of the subject due to a pause caused by the invocating hearing enabling the halt of the Symbolic. Her resulting unheimlich(uncanny) subjectivity is construed as her genuine subject of drive/jouissance beyond desire, which fits into the late Lacanian aim of psychological praxis. Lastly, by this extraordinary letter legacy, Brontë's writing comes indeed close to Joyce’s ‘sinthome’-writing. With the research results so far, it seems then time to theorize the creation mechanism.

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