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Naam maken: de held en de zoektocht

Nadia Sels (UGent)
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Discussing the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesj, a tale of the quest for immortality, and digressing from time to time towards the epics of Homer, the author searches for the essence of the literary hero. The psychoanalytic reading offered here does not aim to uncover some underlying truth about the author or his characters, but rather to elucidate the functioning of the text in relation to the reader. This functioning turns out to be multilayered. At first the epic offers its reader the possibility of imaginary identification. But it does not stop there: archaic heroism invariably turns out to be connected with the theme of death. Death, in epical context, represents the ultimate lack no hero can overcome. Faced with the inevitable failure of the hero, the reader also cannot escape from confronting this lack. The positive note of the epic resides in the fact that it shows how this lack can be the foundation of the journey the hero undertakes, the story that develops around him, the subjectivity he symbolizes.
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Gilgamesj, psychoanalysis, epic, Lacan, mythology, immortality

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Sels, Nadia. “Naam Maken: De Held En De Zoektocht.” PSYCHOANALYTISCHE PERSPECTIEVEN 22.2 (2004): 141–172. Print.
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Sels, N. (2004). Naam maken: de held en de zoektocht. PSYCHOANALYTISCHE PERSPECTIEVEN, 22(2), 141–172.
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Sels, Nadia. 2004. “Naam Maken: De Held En De Zoektocht.” Psychoanalytische Perspectieven 22 (2): 141–172.
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Sels, Nadia. 2004. “Naam Maken: De Held En De Zoektocht.” Psychoanalytische Perspectieven 22 (2): 141–172.
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Sels N. Naam maken: de held en de zoektocht. PSYCHOANALYTISCHE PERSPECTIEVEN. 2004;22(2):141–72.
IEEE
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N. Sels, “Naam maken: de held en de zoektocht,” PSYCHOANALYTISCHE PERSPECTIEVEN, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 141–172, 2004.
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  abstract     = {Discussing the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesj, a tale of the quest for immortality, and digressing from time to time towards the epics of Homer, the author searches for the essence of the literary hero. The psychoanalytic reading offered here does not aim to uncover some underlying truth about the author or his characters, but rather to elucidate the functioning of the text in relation to the reader. This functioning turns out to be multilayered. At first the epic offers its reader the possibility of imaginary identification. But it does not stop there: archaic heroism invariably turns out to be connected with the theme of death. Death, in epical context, represents the ultimate lack no hero can overcome. Faced with the inevitable failure of the hero, the reader also cannot escape from confronting this lack. The positive note of the epic resides in the fact that it shows how this lack can be the foundation of the journey the hero undertakes, the story that develops around him, the subjectivity he symbolizes.},
  author       = {Sels, Nadia},
  issn         = {0771-5862},
  journal      = {PSYCHOANALYTISCHE PERSPECTIEVEN},
  keywords     = {Gilgamesj,psychoanalysis,epic,Lacan,mythology,immortality},
  language     = {dut},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {141--172},
  title        = {Naam maken: de held en de zoektocht},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2004},
}