Ciao cari lettori! Today in PARLIAMO GIALLO we are learning a little about psychoanalysis in giallo and how to express it in Italian.
It is a truth universally acknowledge that gialli are full of Lacan and Freud interpretations and theories and we are revising some of them now.
AFTERWARDNESS- Posteriorità: mode of belated understanding or retroactive attribution of sexual or traumatic meaning to earlier events. It comes from the German word Nachträglichkeit, translated as deferred action, retroaction, après-coup, afterwardsness. Very tipical of Argento’s characters as the girl in SUSPIRIA remembering the pattern of the wall or lead role in THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE repeating the opening murder scene inside his mind.
REPETITION COMPULSION – Coazione a ripetere is a psychological phenomenon in which a person repeats a traumatic event or its circumstances over and over again. This includes reenacting the event or putting oneself in situations where the event is likely to happen again. This “re-living” can also take the form of dreams in which memories and feelings of what happened are repeated, and even hallucination. The term can also be used to cover the repetition of behaviour or life patterns more broadly: a “key component in Freud’s understanding of mental life, ‘repetition compulsion’…describes the pattern whereby people endlessly repeat patterns of behaviour which were difficult or distressing in earlier life.” I can see inside your brain… you are now thinking about many of gialli using this!!! THIS IS THE TYPICAL PATTERN FOLLOW BY THE MURDERER!!
MENTAL CONFUSION- Confusione mentale refers to the loss of orientation, or the ability to place oneself correctly in the world by time, location; and personal identity. Mental confusion is sometimes accompanied by disordered consciousness (the loss of linear thinking) and memory loss (the ability to correctly recall previous events or learn new material). For example: the serial killer in L’occhio del labirinto who kills her psychoanalyst thinking he was her lover.
Try not to suffer any of these but practice them in your ordinary conversations. Ci vediamo la settimana scorsa!