Inspired by Athanasius' The Temptations of St. Anthony in which the protagonist is repeatedly beset by desert demons, My Claustrophobic Happiness offers La Betty, a wealthy condo inhabitant whose cloistered consumer object worship provides her with fragile protection against supernatural visitations of representatives from a reality outside.
Psychoanalyst Jeanne Randolph approaches La Betty's psyche with distinctively transcendental wit, unveiling an unstable and absurdly fragile existence of repetition in denial. Lush and playful descriptions of La Betty's objects and her surreal psychological space enfold a series of complex conundrums around identity's relationship to consumerism.
My Claustrophobic Happiness' crafted vignettes present a satiric and prophetic depiction of the isolated mind and body that is hauntingly prescient.
About the author
Jeanne Randolph is one of Canada's foremost cultural theorists. She is the author of the influential book Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming (1991) as well as Symbolization and Its Discontents (1997), Why Stoics Box (2003), and Ethics of Luxury (2007). A practicing psychoanalyst, Dr. Randolph is also known as an engaging lecturer and performance artist. She has spoken on topics ranging from the aesthetics of Barbie to the philosophy of Wittgenstein in universities and galleries across Canada, England, Australia, and Spain.
Other titles by Jeanne Randolph
Shopping Cart Pantheism
Christine and Irene Hohenbüchler
All Things Considered - Thoughts about Cities and History, War and Peace
Ethics of Luxury
Materialism and Imagination
Symbolization and Its Discontents
Why Stoics Box
Essays on Art and Society
Psychoanalysis and Synchronized Swimming
and Other Writings on Art