A experiência estética na escrita: diálogo entre Lacan e Benjamin

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This work aims to investigate the possible relations between the concept of letter, proposed by Lacan, and the concept of allegory, as thought of by Benjamin, and thus reflect upon the possibility of dialogue between these two theorists regarding the aesthetics in writing. The main objective, therefore, is to discuss the aesthetics experienced in writing, be it through the reading of a poem or a novel, or through the very act of writing. This discussion will visit two theoretical fields – philosophy and psychoanalysis –, in order to promote agreements and/or disagreements between such theories. The research is theoretical-reflexive, which means there was an analysis work carried out upon a bibliographical basis, where we traced the productions that hold the central concepts to reach the objectives of this discussion, which are letter, in Lacan, and allegory, in Benjamin. Thus, if the experience with writing induces the body in a way that often extrapolates the borders of language and makes us objects of our own experiences, we can deduce that the aesthetics with the letter is granted both in the beginning of the speaker’s life as well as in the productions held by the letter. It can be concluded that if jouissance is what pours out of the inscription of lalangue in the body – inscription that leaves the stroke of the letter as a trace –, it can be thought of in its proximity with the pleasure/pain in the writing of this letter. That reflection leads us to conjecture that this qualitative experience with the letter can be interpreted as an aesthetic experience of jouissance, one that is a consequence of this letter. The allegorical writing thought of by Benjamin meets the writing discussed by Lacan, for both cause the decentralization of the person who opens oneself to the experience, whether with dialectical images or the letter.



ALVES, R. B. A experiência estética na escrita: diálogo entre Lacan e Benjamin. 2017. 122 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Psicologia) - Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, 2017.