The Compulsion to Create: A Psychoanalytic Study of Women Artists

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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 (
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9780415907118
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Compulsion versus Reparation 1
2 From Mother to Father 24
3 Mourning and Creative-Process Reparation 40
4 Creative Women and the Internal Father 59
5 The Demon Lover Theme as Literary Myth and Psychodynamic Complex 76
6 Portraits of Two Kinds of Creative Women 88
7 Charlotte Bronte: Biography and Jane Eyre 105
8 Villette 121
9 Emily Bronte I: The Messenger of Hope and the Demon in the Nightwind 154
10 Emily Bronte II: Wuthering Heights and the Demon Lover 168
11 Emily Dickinson: Muse and Demon 192
12 Emily Dickinson's Breakdown: Renunciation and Reparation 221
13 Edith Sitwell I: The Demon Lover, Poetry, and Writer's Block 249
14 Edith Sitwell II: The Aging Narcissist 269
15 The Turn to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 299
Notes 327
References 339
Index 347
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