primal scene

pri·mal scene

in psychoanalysis, the actual or fantasized observation by a child of sexual intercourse, particularly between the parents.

primal scene

Psychiatry In psychoanalytic theory, the real or fancied observation by the infant of parental or other heterosexual intercourse

pri·mal scene

(prī'măl sēn)
psychoanalysis The actual or fantasized observation by a child of sexual intercourse, particularly between the child's parents.

primal scene

(prī′măl)
In psychiatry, the term for a child's first observation of sexual intercourse, real or imagined.
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Building on an analogy between Derrida's analysis of foundational historical moments in The Gift of Death, wherein the subject of faith must respond to the call of "an absolute, inscrutable Other" (Derrida's example is Abraham) and the psychoanalytic concept of the primal scene (25), Martin shows how Marlowe's decision to deprive Aeneas of the teleological knowledge of his Virgilian antecedent has the effect of leeching away Aeneas's tragic dignity, leaving him a fundamentally passive, "ethically ambivalent trauma survivor" (23).
Yet what if we conceive of Guignard's painting not as a point of origin or primal scene, but as a screen or a diversion against originality per se, in which the search for meaning might be detourned rather than satisfied?
The most primal scene in American politics is a debate stage, where candidates wrestle in rhetorical mud for dominance.
Among the topics are the mirror and the hammer: the politics of resacralization, against nature, original morality in a depressed culture, the good-enough father of whatever sex, the image of the parents in bed: from primal scene to pluralism, counter-transference and the imaginal world, a new deal for women and men, schools of analytical psychology, and new developments in the post-Jungian field.
The primal scene is of course Sigmund Freud's experience visiting and writing about this statue between 1901-1914 ("The Moses of Michelangelo," 1914), which has spawned volumes of commentary.
Films such as Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie, 2007), In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000), and Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001), however, suspend these ideals, forcing love into an alternative--even pathological--form, splitting it off from fantasy and then exposing the latter as a determining force: a hidden primal scene of experience driving the manifest scene of erotic passion toward provocative and often disturbing new realities.
It follows a non-linear trajectory and circles what Ashraf Rushdy calls a primal scene, which is based on Freud's concept of the primal scene but is not necessarily sexual; this scene is "the critical event (or events) whose significance to the narrated life becomes manifest only at a secondary critical event, when by a preconscious association the primal scene is recalled" (303).
A unifying theme throughout this section is the essential, yet problematic role that animals, as a form of the nonhuman, play in relation to the woman and the primal scene in Freud's oeuvre.
Emblematic of the series' intertextual relationship with 'suburban Gothic' texts, (72) this reproduces the voyeuristic closet sequence from David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986), which is described by Michael Atkinson as 'a primal scene unlike any other in film, or psychoanalytic, history', (73) and similarly conflates images of sex, death and birth.
It is unclear whether "Girls" is a condescending epithet for the full-grown--if far from "grownup" --women in the foreground or refers, rather, to the female children figuring in the work, one of whom stares at the subtly salacious happenings before her as though caught in the headlights of the primal scene.
This primal scene received disguised expression in Pankejeff's dream of seven wolves staring at him from outside a window, hence the appellation "Wolf Man.