Auschwitz as the Sinthome of Modernity: A Žižekian Reading of Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes

Elias Naqipour

Abstract


This study attempts to show how Harold Pinter’s literary agenda turned towards radical political intervention during the last period of his literary and political activism. In order to do this, Slavoj Žižek’s rereading of F. W. J. Von Schelling, the German Idealist philosopher, in light of the Lacanian psychoanalytic concept of sinthome will be used in order to show how Harold Pinter opted for a radical politics of negativity in Ashes to Ashes as embodied in Rebecca’s ultimate identification with the sinthome of the modern era.

 


Keywords


Slavoj Žižek, Harold Pinter, Contraction, Expansion, Sinthome

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.3n.5p.112

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