Kong illuminates the conflicting features of the literary diaspora that Tiananmen gave rise to: self-exoticization and melancholic repetition-compulsion
on one side and a simultaneous critique of Chinese authoritarianism and global neoliberal capitalism on the other.
The Daily Bugle regrets its participation in this repetition-compulsion
disorder of American journalism.
The final chapter trumps this argument by proposing that Hamlet should be read as an allegory of allegory, because Hamlet's repetition-compulsion
makes him an allegorical image of the machine chine, the epitome of the modern capitalist economy, whose commodity fetishism turns everyone into a compulsive allegorist of one kind or another.
Since this is not an obviously adversarial position, I gather Lupton's psychoanalytic critique takes the sympathetic form of guiding the West to a degree of self-knowledge: our literature confronts its guilty reliance on Christian typology, and our philosophy acknowledges aesthetics as the symptom of this theological repetition-compulsion
She connects John Paul Eakin's argument that autobiographers re-create the past "not so much as an attempt to reflect the world as to transform it" (20) with Freud's analysis of the repetition-compulsion
principle is an important aspect of Freud's theory as a whole.
Even if the Hitcher is dead at the end, the boy is there to keep the repetition-compulsion
One cumbersome definition of fashion could be the following: the rapid and relatively facile construction of a mirage of subjectivity through objects supplied by an industry designing identity substitutes according to cycles of repetition-compulsion
transformed into production.