Archives par mot-clé : Metamorphosis

Patrick Alecian, Anne-Marie Royer: adele, les metamorphoses according to abdellatif kechiche

The camera of Abdellatif Kechiche reveals the body in the throes of the drives and the metamorphosis of Psyche. Through the story of the young Adele, from adolescence to adulthood, the film raises the question of adolescent sexuality, the choice of love object, femininity and homosexuality.

Adolescence, 2015, 33, 1, 195-206.

Jacques Vargioni: dirt, the unformed and the ideal. anality in adolescent obesity

This article shows the importance of anality in the appearance, disappearance and transformations of obesity in adolescence. For Danielle, a fantasy of fecalization of the Body-ego seriously mars adolescent narcissism and Ego ideal, and prevents anality from being properly integrated into the feminine Ego. For Camille, it is the opposite: a minimal fantasy sphincterization of the Ego enables a well-tempered way out of obesity and melancholy formlessness.

Adolescence, 2014, 32, 2, 401-413.


Based on the notions of « body image « (P. Schilder) and of « pathosformel « (A. Warburg), this study proposes to revisit Boticelli’s pictorial work from the point of view of adolescent perception, as an idealized fiction resting upon threefold suffering : the inaccessible quest for purity, the dimension of manic excess in relation to future time, and the nostalgic disappearance of the time of childhood that is irremediably gone. The method used is that of « interactions of psychoanalysis «, that is, not the use of psychoanalytical method to decipher the model, but rather the placement of artwork’s sensitive listening into tension, or into resonance, with psychoanalytic treatment, in this case that of adolescence.

Marika Moisseeff : the werewolf, or the regressive virtuality of the male pubertaire

Approaching the pubertaire phase from the angle of the actualization of a virtuality – being transformed into a procreator – this article establishes a link between a group of theories referring to ontogenesis and phylogenesis, on onehand, and, on the other hand, certain elements of popular imagery that show the male adolescent regressing to an anterior animal stage.

Marika Moisseeff : Lolitas, or the Story of a Structural Otherness

Following the 1955 publication of Nabokov’s novel, “ physically attractive, flirtatious young girls giving the impression of ingenuous naïveté ” (Petit Robert dictionary) are indifferently designated by the terms lolita or nymphet : potential women whose bodies have yet to undergo the upheavals associated with motherhood. A nymph also designates the chrysalis of certain insects whose larvae, while undergoing a transformation into a reproductive creature, conserves its juvenile characteristics. What might be the meaning of this connection between prepubescent “ innocent ” femininity and an inferior animal such as an insect ? The analysis of certain works of science fiction may provide the key.

Philippe Gutton : paradoxes in metamorphosis

Metamorphosis establishes a paradoxical contradiction between originality and program, « hazard and necessity », disorder and order, difference and similarity, subject and subjection, making possible a reflection between sublimation and control. Also paradoxical is its happening in time, for the illusion of the pubertaire is creative insofar as there is oscillation between it and disillusion. Repeat R. Kaës’ fundamental adage whose paradoxical character cannot be missed : « The subject is first of all an inter-subject », the pubertary metamorphosis is in an exemplary way that of the inter-subject : it includes the other in its very procedure. There is no solitary structural change. The pubertaire is not a (re)finding of the object but a revelation of genital alterity

The « metamorphic contract » is singularly enlarged when it connotes the ongoing creation of a bond between subject and society, individual and group, singular discourse and cultural referent.

Adolescence, 2011, T. 29 n°1, pp. 171-189.