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After reading pages and pages of the same stuff, I realised what I already knew, what everybody already knew: there was little that could justify castration anxiety as universal.
And then, if he must have felt elated about the way castration anxiety sounded, the theory that he built around it allowed him to sublimate his own sadism.
Still another pattern associated with castration anxiety and very much in evidence in the narrator's behavior is scopophila.
We now see that there is no danger of our regarding castration anxiety as the sole motive force of the defensive processes which lead to neurosis .
As they watched Arletty on the screen, and perhaps as a symbolic, cinematic punishment for any wartime humiliation, the audience at the film's opening seemingly elicited a non-threatening version of castration anxiety, one of the cinema's primal fantasies.
And the intensity of Hemingway's castration anxiety is difficult to ignore given stories such as The Sun Also Rises or "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.
The origin of the "nonsense" is connected otherwise to its expression than in a strictly substitutive relation to castration anxiety.
The movies that continue to speak to us are precisely those which challenge the gender conventions of their time and toy with (rather that simply compensating for or satisfying) even such basic Freudian immutables as castration anxiety and penis envy.
As many have argued, Mulvey's theory of the cinematic punishment and fetishization of women as a means of assuaging the castration anxiety of the male viewer is only a partial account of gendered and nongendered pleasure at the cinema (Studlar 1988; Williams 1989; Rodowick 1991).
Freud's 1919 paper is fairly precise about the defining effects of uncanny narratives and occurrences: Loosening rationality's grip, they permit repressed mental formations (primitive animism, infantile narcissism, castration anxiety, the death drive) to return, triggering panic, a paranoid impression of being menaced by unseen presences, and so on.
On closer inspection, however, its status is uncertain: the coiled noodle emerges from an orifice that approximates the location of a vagina, and it culminates not in a proper head but an abrupt cut--raising the question as to whether having a 50-foot penis would mitigate or amplify castration anxiety.
If the images evoke castration anxiety, what is their effect on the woman spectator, who, presumably, cannot lose what she never had?