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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

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BENNETT C, Carlos; LUKSIC, Yerka  and  HUIDOBRO M, Consuelo. The mirror of emptiness: Post traumatic stress disorder and dissociative phenomena in the literature of Paul Auster. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2007, vol.45, n.1, pp.51-58. ISSN 0717-9227.

This paper considers the affinities among clinical psychiatry, relational psychoanalysis theories, and post-modern literature, particularly in the work of Paul Auster. A recurrent psychopathological entity is found throughout Paul Auster`s major novels: post traumatic stress disorder in which dissociation symptoms prevail. This is analyzed as a metaphor of an underlying conception of selfhood, which considers the latter as a shifting, dynamic, and contingent process

Keywords : Psychoanalysis; post-modern literature; Auster; depersonalization; post traumatic stress disorder.

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