Romantic Psychoanalysis: The Burden of the Mystery

Romantic Psychoanalysis: The Burden of the Mystery

by Joel Faflak
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791472698

ISBN-13: 9780791472699

Pub. Date: 11/08/2007

Publisher: State University of New York Press

How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.

In this provocative work, Joel Faflak argues that Romanticism, particularly British Romantic poetry, invents psychoanalysis in advance of Freud. The Romantic period has long been treated as a time of incipient psychological exploration anticipating more sophisticated discoveries in the science of

Overview

How the Romantics invented psychoanalysis in advance of Freud.

In this provocative work, Joel Faflak argues that Romanticism, particularly British Romantic poetry, invents psychoanalysis in advance of Freud. The Romantic period has long been treated as a time of incipient psychological exploration anticipating more sophisticated discoveries in the science of the mind. Romantic Psychoanalysis challenges this assumption by treating psychoanalysis in the Romantic period as a discovery unto itself, a way of taking Freud back to his future. Reading Romantic literature against eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy, Faflak contends that Romantic poetry and prose—including works by Coleridge, De Quincey, Keats, and Wordsworth—remind a later psychoanalysis of its fundamental matrix in phantasy and thus of its profoundly literary nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791472699
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/08/2007
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction

1. The Psychology of the Romantic Subject

2. Analysis Terminable in Wordsworth

3. Analysis Terminable in Coleridge

4. De Quincey Terminable and Interminable

5. Keats and the Burden of Interminability

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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