International Journal of English Research

ISSN: 2455-2186

Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2018)

A Lacanian reading of Caligula by Albert Camus: Jouissance

Author(s): Golnaz Ghasemi MA
Abstract: This article aims to investigate the existing connection between Jouissance and its effect on the behavior of Caligula by Albert Camus’s. The absurdity in Camus’s works has created great and clear ground for the Lacanian studies specially the concept of Jouissance. The protagonist of the play, Caligula, is studied in terms of Jouissance since he enters a traumatic shock which leads to a bizarre behavioral pattern which is triggered by the death of his sister. An analysis is done in order to find the hidden links between the existence Jouissance and its relation to Caligula’s extreme actions in accordance to Lacanian psychoanalysis.
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