pre-oedipal phase

pre-oed·i·pal phase

in psychoanalysis, the collective phases of psychosexual development preceding the oedipal phase.
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Cixous views the pre-Oedipal phase as a repressed yet vital stage in which feminine language and desire are given free reign.
Dora's link to the pre-Oedipal phase can be understood as the re-igniting of repressed memories of a corporeal union with the mother.