On Repression

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Family life, as a structure of prohibited desires, is often thought to be the source of similar prohibitions in society or state. The same mechanism — repression — is posited in both cases. We will trace the fate of “repressive hypotheses” from Fourier through Marx and Freud to Benjamin, Foucault, and Godelier. Alongside theorists we will read literary works from Hawthorne and Dostoevsky to Andre Breton, Italo Calvino, and Guy Davenport.
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