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The historical truth of that bizarre narrative need not concern us here. What counts is the structure Freud identifies, whereby that event is repeated in a double form: in the internalization of the figure of the father in the form of the superego, a movement repeated in the dissolution of every individual’s oedipal complex, and in the ritual sacrifice of a human or animal in whom the spirit of that father is thought to reside. In both David Lloyd 27 cases, the material death is displaced symbolically into the form of the spirit, Geist, which takes its place.
1 Writing on James Clarence Mangan in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I was often overtaken by a sense of haunting, of possession, perhaps. Despite my frequent misgivings about the achievement of the poetry I was reading, misgivings amplified by the widespread assumption that few of Mangan’s poems were worth critical consideration any more, the work refused to let me go. It was as if, from beyond the grave, the poet compelled attention. Fantastical as this confession may sound, and I do not know if the sensation is one shared by other readers of Mangan, it remains the case that in a very precise sense, Mangan’s work is itself the scene of hauntings, and by no means unaware of itself as such.
It would be right, then, to intuit a relation between haunting and Mangan’s translations. And, once again, it may be necessary to insist on the levels of sustained reflection on his practice, as poet and translator, which often appear cloaked in the voluminous robes of his playful indirection and dissembling. Minor or anachronistic as his practice might seem, Mangan’s work continues to foreshadow insights whose pertinence only becomes apparent many decades after he wrote. Lodged in a space and a time where the question as to what languages could authentically bear, of spirit or of cultural material, was of increasing political urgency, and writing at a moment in which it was possible to witness the fading of one language into the shadow of another transformed by the evolving of the capitalist market place into an overwhelming means of exchange, Mangan’s peripheral and minor location may have given him a peculiarly privileged vantage point.