Striking at the Joints: Contemporary Psychology and Literary Criticism

Striking at the Joints: Contemporary Psychology and Literary Criticism

by John V. Knapp
     
 

This book uses a trio of contemporary psychological paradigms (family systems, subject/object differentiation and depression, and personality theory) to discuss six works of fiction. The authors of the texts being analyzed are John Fowles, D.H. Lawrence, George Orwell, Robert Pirsig, Henry Roth, and John Steinbeck. The author employs these three psychological

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This book uses a trio of contemporary psychological paradigms (family systems, subject/object differentiation and depression, and personality theory) to discuss six works of fiction. The authors of the texts being analyzed are John Fowles, D.H. Lawrence, George Orwell, Robert Pirsig, Henry Roth, and John Steinbeck. The author employs these three psychological approaches in order to gain further insight into the psychological literary criticisms of these major works. Students and scholars of both psychology and literature will find this a useful work. Contents: Psychology, Literary Theory, and Character: An Introduction; Literature and Psychology: Synergistic Transaction or Solitary Confinement?; Family Systems in Literature: D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers and Henry Roth's Call it Sleep; Scientific Personality in American Literature; Depression, Life-Span Development and Fiction: Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying and John Fowles's The Mangus; Teaching Literature and Psychology in an Interdisciplinary Context; Conclusion; References.

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...a worthwhile and courageous book. Knapp raises the right questions, and his proposed answers are informative, thought- provoking, and provide and excellent point of departure for anyobe wishing to take seriously...literary criticism's relation to the discipline of psychology.
— Norman N. Holland, University of Florida, Gainesville
Bert O. States
Knapp is a careful and a sane commentator on the whole issue of literature and psychology.
Norman N. Holland
...a worthwhile and courageous book. Knapp raises the right questions, and his proposed answers are informative, thought- provoking, and provide and excellent point of departure for anyobe wishing to take seriously...literary criticism's relation to the discipline of psychology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761802563
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
06/04/1996
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.72(w) x 8.74(h) x 0.85(d)

What People are saying about this

Bert O. States
"Knapp is a careful and a sane commentator on the whole issue of literature and psychology."
Bert O. States
Norman N. Holland
"John Knapp's book is a bold and useful corrective to literary critics' exclusive reliance on psychoanalysis for their psychology. He brings us up to date--strongly recommended."
Norman N. Holland

Meet the Author

John V. Knapp is Associate Professor of English at Northern Illinois University.

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