“Suspended animation”: “Christabel” as Coleridge’s Frankenstein monster

In the “Preface” to “Christabel” Coleridge mentions that his “poetic powers have been…in a state of suspended animation” (161). This fragment of “suspended animation” recalls the desire of Victor Frankenstein to “bestow animation upon lifeless matter” (Shelley 78). If Coleridge’s … Continue reading “Suspended animation”: “Christabel” as Coleridge’s Frankenstein monster

Coleridge “O’er-master’d by the mighty spell”: a Lacanian perspective on Coleridge’s “indolence”

“Man’s desire is the other’s desire” is one of French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan’s well-known formulas (Žižek 36). This concept of desire, coupled with Lacan’s view of “psychoanalysis itself [as] a method of reading texts, oral (the patient’s speech), or written” … Continue reading Coleridge “O’er-master’d by the mighty spell”: a Lacanian perspective on Coleridge’s “indolence”