Essential Papers On Literature And Psychoanalysis

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In a draft attached to a letter to his friend and confidante Wilhelm Fliess (May 31, 1897), Freud develops an idea: The mechanism of fiction is the same as that of hysterical fantasies. He supports this thought with a brief analysis of the biographical sources of Goethe's Werther. A few months later, on October 15, 1897, Freud mails Fliess a detailed account of remembered events from his childhood that, Freud believed, underlined the universality of Oedipus Rex and Hamlet. Freud's foray into literature initiated the beginning of a new critical approach.
In Essential Papers on Literature and Psychoanalysis, Emanuel Berman presents classic and contemporary papers written at the intersection of literature and psychoanalysis. In bringing these essays together Berman traces the development of a discipline that has often been plagued by a polarization between self-confident, single-minded psychoanalysts reading literature as a series of case studies and literary loyalists who cling to manifest content or to the declared intentions of the authors, accepting them at face value and depriving the work of its emotional complexity. Berman covers the full range of old and new perspectives, and presents selections from today's mature phase.
This collection includes papers by Sigmund Freud, Steven Marcus, Patrick J. Mahoney, Donald Spence, Otto Rank, Ernest Jones, Ernst Kris, Phyllis Greenacre, Florence Bonime and Maryanne Eckardt, David Werman, Ellen Handler Spitz, Jacques Lacan, Shoshana Felman, Norman N. Holland, Roy Schafer, Meredith Anne Skura, Gail S. Reed, Francis Baudry, Rivka R. Eifermann, and Bennett Simon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814711859
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Essential Papers on Psychoanalysis Series
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 1,260,666
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William E. Butler is Professor of Law at University College, London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Freud on Literature, Freud as Literature 19
1 The Theme of the Three Caskets 25
2 Freud and Dora: Story, History, Case History 36
3 The Art and Strategy of Freud's Exposition 81
4 The Metaphorical Nature of Psychoanalytic Theory 102
Pt. II The Classical Contribution and Its Critical Evaluation 115
5 Narcissism and the Double 122
6 Hamlet and Oedipus 139
7 Prince Hal's Conflict 150
8 The Mutual Adventures of Jonathan Swift and Lemuel Gulliver: A Study in Pathography 167
9 On Psychoanalyzing Literary Characters 202
10 Methodological Problems in the Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Literature: A Review of Studies on Sophocles' Antigone 217
11 A Critique of Pathography: Freud's Original Psychoanalytic Approach to Art 238
Pt. III New Perspectives 263
12 Seminar on "The Purloined Letter" 270
13 The Case of Poe: Applications/Implications of Psychoanalysis 300
14 Unity Identity Text Self 323
15 Narration in the Psychoanalytic Dialogue 341
Pt. IV Recent Work: A Mature Phase? 369
16 Literature as Psychoanalytic Process: Surprise and Self-Consciousness 374
17 Candide: Radical Simplicity and the Impact of Evil 403
18 A Dream, a Sonnet, and a Ballad: The Path to Keats's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" 414
19 Interactions between Textual Analysis and Related Self-Analysis 439
20 The Imaginary Twins: The Case of Beckett and Bion 456
Name Index 491
Subject Index 499
About the Editor 517
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