Causalgia of the heart: Phantom limb syndrome, disability and queer feeling

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“Causalgia of the Heart” examines how new neurological research on phantom limb syndrome illuminates the tropological domain between psychoanalysis and recent affect theory. Through a queer feminist lens, the essay argues that centralizing disabilities studies might dissolve lingering impasses regarding bodies and signification in performance and cultural studies.

Keywords: Djuna Barnes; Silas Weir Mitchell; affect; neurology; phantom limb syndrome; phenomenology; psychoanalysis; queer theory

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Critical Theory and Social Justice, Occidental College, Los Angeles, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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