primal scene

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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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I will focus on concepts of witnessing, primal scenes, screen memories, and testimony, as well as the contrast between productive and unproductive (or cyclic) memory, to show how Morrison constructs a world in which only those who break free of the cycle of unproductive memory can heal and look forward to the future.
I wanted to be with you": Separation, Trauma, and Primal Scenes of Memory
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Freud saw primal scenes as originary traumas explaining adult neuroses.
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Half buried by the language of memory, half revealed by the poet's desire to reoccupy them, these habitual environments become the sites where we act and witness ourselves acting the primal scenes of procreation, the scenes that are both ordinary and mythopoeic at the same time.
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As I strolled through the installations in which Trecartin's films are embedded at PS 1--past furniture recomposed for maximum artisanal effect, purses stuck to the legs of a sofa, aluminum bleachers caught in the pointless breeze of an industrial fan humming alongside the museum's central air-conditioning--it came to seem almost inevitable that Trecartin would root his protagonists' narratives in the primal scenes of economic growth.
Wright's and Dixon's traumati c primal scenes helped to shape their decisions to write such differently positioned protest novels.
is a portrait of reparation between father and son as he bravely confronts those primal scenes by exorcising them: He now plays Daddy in his movie, thirty years later.
1) In his article" 'Rememory': Primal Scenes and Constructions in Toni Morrison's Novels," Ashraf H.
This conundrum of clinical austerity enframing messy intergenerational feeling hinges on what Kelly calls "the political primal scene.