The medusian gaze

By Éléonore Pardo

In 1922 Freud was researching the feminine in Medusa. According to him, the decapitation of the Gorgon was the equivalent of castration. It is therefore from the myth that this article poses the questions regarding the Freudian and Lacanian interpretations. For, according to Lacan castration anxiety provoked by Medusa’s head is understood through the gaze as a drive object. Also, Medusa could make represent the sum of partial drives as an image that ties the impulsive.

  • drive
  • gaze
  • image
  • anxiety
  • castration
  • mirror
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