An analysis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert L. Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in relation to Lacanian criticism

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2008
Baranoğlu (Çevik), Selen
This thesis carries out an analysis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by focusing on the Lacanian concepts of desire, alienation and sexuality. It achieves this by providing brief background information about Lacanian psychoanalytic literary criticism and the relations of this criticism with the concepts of desire, alienation and sexuality. Through the analysis of the main characters in the mentioned novels, this study asserts that these concepts are structured with the effect of the Lacanian symbolic order and the language. In other words, in this study, it is argued that the formation of the human personality takes place in the unconscious, where desire, alienation and sexuality are formed. In both of these Gothic novels, the personalities of the characters are structured in relation to their life experience in the symbolic order.

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S. Baranoğlu (Çevik), “An analysis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Robert L. Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in relation to Lacanian criticism,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.