The Compulsion to Create: A Psychoanalytic Study of Women Artists

The Compulsion to Create: A Psychoanalytic Study of Women Artists

by Susan Kavaler-Adler

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In psychobiographies of six famous women writers, the founder of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis analyzes the role of the idealized male muse (often the Oedipal father) in the creativity of Nin, Plath, Charlotte and Emily Bront<:e>, Dickinson, and Sitwell. First published by Routledge. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The Compulsion To Create: Women Writers And Their Demon Lovers is a fascinating and informative psychological survey of women and the literature they create, especially as reflected by the lives and work of such luminaries as Charlotte Bronte; Emily Bronte; Emily Dickinson; and Edith Sitwell. The reader is treated to such issues as compulsion versus reparation, mourning and creative-process reparation, creative women and the "internal father", and the Demon Lover theme as literary myth and psychodynamic complex. A highly recommended addition to women's studies, literary studies, and psychological studies supplemental reading lists, The Compulsion To Create is original, revealing, insightful, challenging, at times iconoclastic, and always entertaining.

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