Hypnosis chamber Somnambulism, n. Mental activity produce during the phase called waking sleep, or even heightened consciousness. Somnambulism can be characterized by the sensation of an indefinite, uncertain and problematic state, a state of unstable consciousness revealing a new relationship with the world, others and oneself. Historically, this unusual state of the consciousness labelled hypnosis in the first half of the 19th century has been an attempt to develop spaces of freedom, egalitarian social projects, that could not be perceived and explored except in this state.

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One thinks of Dr. Trans, by Anne C. Stanford: Stanford University Press, In chronological sequence Roustang develops the thesis that Casanova attempts to avoid guilt and responsibility for his actions by resorting to dissimulation and deceit and by ridiculing society and its laws in order to drain them of all force.

He raises Casanova from the level ofa lover to that of a writer worthy ofcritical attention. Roustang uses a classical format with a prelude, an introduction, and twelve chapters of approximate equal length whose titles cryptically capture the progressive thrust of the analysis.

It is in this latter chapter that Casanova completely reverses and confuses gender distinction. A foursome, of which he is a member, carries out a sexual relationship in which each plays changing parts. In this way he underscores his need for gender indeterminacy in order to protect himself and maintain his innocence.

He is able to create a feeling of irresponsibility by making his actions the result offate and chance. He clearly shows, for example, that the fusion of identities where males are disguised as females, females as males, and mothers as children, helps to absolve Casanova of culpability for he can not be held accountable if everything is uncertain and left to chance.

He highlights the constant leitmotif of the Memoirs which is that Casanova makes people laugh at authority and ridicules it without ever confronting it directly. Not only does Roustang arouse in the reader a growing interest in Casanova as a rebel, but he offers the rich potential ofunexplored depth in a persona whom many have previously dismissed as a mere lover, and nothing more. It is not until the penultimate chapter of the Memoirs, titled, "The End ofthe First Act," that Casanova finally recognizes himself to be nothing more than a con artist and his life metaphorically ends.

He will never again be duped but will purposefully dupe others. Roustang observes that his "power over all women is merely a pale reflection of omnipotence" His imagination is gone; the game is over.

He abandons self-delusion and faces the influence of fatality over his life. This change is brought about by a certain Miss Charpillon whom he refers If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution or have your own login and password to Project MUSE.

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François Roustang, retour sur une crise catholique

Il faut, entre autres, commencer par trouver, en soi, le geste juste. La vie est toujours une invention, mais pour inventer, il faut se laisser inspirer. Comment faire pour accepter vraiment une situation douloureuse? Oublier ses projets, se mettre dans son corps. Je suis totalement solitaire.


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