Psychoanalytic Theory In Still Love You After All These?

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In psychoanalytic theory, there are two contrasting models of memory, illustrating how narrative could reconstruct memories. The first believes the stable and tangible past could be retrieved as archaeological excavation, while the second challenges the possibility of the recovery of original memory, while proposes the notion of Nachträglichkeit, i.e. Afterwardsness, which means the understanding of events is always deferred, in later re-transcription, assuming memories are never reliable. Stanley Kwan’s autobiographical documentary, Still Love You After All These, stands out to be a perfect example of the second model, showing how “Nachträglichkeit”sheds light upon the study of narrative by emphasizing on narratives functioning as the deferred attempt to reconstruct the past and identity, in both personal cases and collective issues.…show more content…
Then, it will move to discuss how Kwan’s a-chronological and personal narrative makes sense and indicates memories continually contribute to the (re)construction of identity. Afterwards, the form of autobiography and documentary, as well as reenactment of Kwan’s previous works would be analyzed to show the significance of narrative on rearranging life stories. Finally, it will argue that this film is not only a personal memoir, but an important footnote of Hong Kong identity, by intertwining personal narrative with collective recollections, represented by the familial trope serving as a collective
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