Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye: A Psychoanalytic Reading

Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye: A Psychoanalytic Reading

by Joseph Adamson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791432807

ISBN-13: 9780791432808

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville's work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and "Billy Budd."

This study offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville’s work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and “Billy Budd.” Its concrete application of the rich

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Offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville's work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and "Billy Budd."

This study offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville’s work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and “Billy Budd.” Its concrete application of the rich analytic framework supplied by the work of such theorists as Heinz Kohut, Léon Wurmser, Silvan Tomkins, and Donald Nathanson implicitly challenges the contemporary reliance on an often abstract poststructuralist model of psychoanalysis. As a paradigmatic, coherent reading of the work of a single author, the book will appeal both to the many scholars interested in Melville’s work and to anyone interested in psychoanalytic or psychological approaches to literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791432808
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.89(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

A Note on Abbreviations

Introduction
Melville and shame

Part One. Shame and Attachment

Chapter One
How to Make a Misanthrope

Chapter Two
Mortifying Inter-Indebtedness

Chapter Three
The Inexorable Self

Part Two. Shame, Resentment, and Envy

Chapter Four
Motiveless Malignity

Chapter Five
Turning the Tables

Part Three. The Evil Eye

Chapter Six
Dangerous Mergers

Chapter Seven
The Evil Eye

Epilogue
"That Truth Should Be Silent I Had Almost Forgot"

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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