Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self Through Writing

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Explores the therapeutic uses and effects of writing in a post-Freudian age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791456842
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: SUNY Series in Psychoanalysis and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Harris is Assistant Professor of English at George Washington University. She is the author of Atonement: Poems.

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Table of Contents


Part I. Speaking Pain: Women, Psychoanalysis, and Writing

1. The Healing Effects of Writing about Pain: Literature and Psychoanalysis

2. Violating the Sanctuary/Asylum: Freudian Treatment of Hysteria in "Dora" and "The Yellow Wallpaper"

3. Breaking the Code of Silence: Ideology and Women's Confessional Poetry

4. Fathering Daughters: Oedipal Rage and Aggression in Women's Writing

Part II. Soul-making: Conflict and the Construction of Identity

5. Carving the Mask of Language: Self and Otherness in Dramatic Monologues

6. Giotto's Invisible Sheep: Lacanian Mirroring and Modeling in Walcott's Another Life

7. Rescuing Psyche: Keats's Containment of the Beloved but Fading Woman in the "Ode to Psyche"

8. God Don't Like Ugly: Michael S. Harper's Soul-Making Music

9. Kenyon's Melancholic Vision in "Let Evening Come"

Part III. Healing Pain: Acts of Therapeutic Writing

10. Using the Psychoanalytic Process in Creative Writing Classes

11. Rewriting the Subject: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Creative Writing and Composition Pedagogy

12. "To Bedlam and Almost All the Way Back": The Image and Function of the Institution in Confessional Poetry

13. Asylum: A Personal Essay

14. Signifying Pain: Recovery and Beyond


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