Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities

Freudian Mythologies: Greek Tragedy and Modern Identities

by Rachel Bowlby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199270392

ISBN-13: 9780199270392

Pub. Date: 04/19/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In any culture, there are typical stories-mythologies-through which people understand their place in the world as men or women, their origins and their possible futures. A hundred years ago, Freud started a new mythology by suggesting that Oedipus, in Sophocles' tragedy the legendary perpetrator of shocking crimes, was a kind of Everyman: in reality, every boy

Overview

In any culture, there are typical stories-mythologies-through which people understand their place in the world as men or women, their origins and their possible futures. A hundred years ago, Freud started a new mythology by suggesting that Oedipus, in Sophocles' tragedy the legendary perpetrator of shocking crimes, was a kind of Everyman: in reality, every boy once passionately hated a father and adored a mother. The triadic 'Oedipus complex' suited the concentrated, nuclear families of the middle decades of the 20th century. But today, new family forms and new modes of parenthood have changed the facts and myths of early identity. As Freud did with Oedipus, this book juxtaposes old and new mythologies-classical Greek tragedy and present-day issues, as well as Freud's own writings-to think about changing stories and conditions of human identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199270392
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/19/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Freud's Classical Mythologies
2. Never Done, Never to Return: Hysteria and After
3. Fifty Fifty: Female Subjectivity and the Danaids
4. The Other Day: The Interpretation of Daydreams
5. A Freudian Curiosity
6. The Cronus Complex: Psychoanalytic Myths of the Future for Boys and Girls
7. Oedipal Origins
8. Playing God: Reproductive Realism in Euripides' Ion
9. Retranslations, Reproductions, Recapitulations

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