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HOW TO READ THE POEM CHRISTABEL by Coleridge How the poem withdraws possibility of straight-forward reading 1 finished or fragment 2 Narration 3 Reflexivity all characters read Geraldine A POEM ABOUT THE UNCONSCIOUS 1 Freudian Slips 2 Proposal - the poem slips moves into dangerous territory and recovers in Part 2 STRUCTURE 1 Patterns of opposition 2 Mediating terms and taboo 3 From Parts to wholes incomplete - to - complete MaleFemale 1L X 2X L L Leoline X Unknown What does Christabel see when Leoline undresses It is like the speaker of the poem has had a spell cast over them too REFLEXIVITY all the characters in the poem have trouble reading Geraldine Christabel nave reading not correct but cant read Geraldine Psychological term - repression hysteric something she doesnt know about her but her unconscious knows GERALDINE AND CHRISTABEL APPEAR AS A SNAKE AND A DOVE The dream needs to be interpreted and misinterpreted Dream is about what happened in Christabels bed that evening All read pathologically as repressed repeated and concealed PART TWO Not being able to say what one would like to say The speaker isnt specifically accounting for Leolines behaviour Christabel is a poem about the unrepresentable unconscious Can you read the unconscious He thinks so Conclusion of Part Two is a paraphraxis or Freudian slip What they meant to say is contradicted by what they say Product of a disturbed intention In order to speculate on the relationship between the story and the life of the poem Basic Structure bits are related to other bits Christabel Christ - Satan - Snake Geraldine Abel - Cain - Mark Jane Nelsons article looks at this in more detail in Studies and Romanticism Vol 19 no 3 OppositionsLightDarkRisingFalling PART ONE Christabel moves from the inside of the Castle
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