“Equating a work of art with a dream: symptom of the repressed.”
A dream according to Freud as the ‘royal road to consciousness’, is the product of three agents: a sleeping ego, a repressed id in the unconscious and a censoring superego in the preconscious. A work of art also consists of three elements with the artist as the 'smith' of the unconscious, a definition of three components: the artist; the predicative smith; i.e., the process of construction and the unconscious.
Drew analyses Coleridge’s Kublah Kahn, Bronte’s Cathy in Wuthering Heights and a feminist reconstruction of Hamlet using Freud’s psychoanalysis of dream and compares his breakdown of dream with the process of creating art. Investigating psychological links between the protagonists in literature Drew reveals an instinctual life weaving in and around the characters, offering a startling perspective into their behaviour and development, such as the interplay between Heathcliffe and Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights.
Much as Freud’s biologically deterministic theory outrages feminists, it has pushed them to give thought as to what brings about gender differences. Freud is the first thinker in Western philosophy who has grappled with the question why sex differences are reflected in social inequalities. Theories of art and dream abound among art critics and the agents of the occult. Consequently, the meanings, sources and the process of creation in both fields have not found an agreement among the experts. Inspiration is put down as the origin of both. Drew suggests an ‘instinctual life’ as the dream in the text.
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About the Author
Dr RANI DREW (Lit., Phil) has taught in universities in Singapore, China and Hungary. During 1999-2000 she was a lecturer at the University of Pécs in Hungary, where she taught theatre workshops, English literature, psychoanalysis and gender studies. Her plays 'Shakespeare & Me' and the 'The III-Act Hamlet' were performed for Shakespearean Festivals in Romania, and won prizes. The Hungarian translation of the former also won a prize. Her play 'Caliban, a sequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest' was given a reading-performance by the Blue Elephant Theatre, London and Bradford’s Burning, was rehearsed-read at Attic Theatre, Wimbledon. 'Eggs for Education', a short play about "top-up" fees, was staged in Cambridge.
She has published articles on Freud, women’s writing and post-colonial literature.
Table of ContentsForeword
Ana Olos on Rani Drew Exploring Cultures and Teaching Human Rights
Part One: Freud and Coleridge
Freud’s Theory of Dream.
Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’: a psychoanalysis.
Part Two: Freud, Lacan and the Brontë sisters
Freudian Instinctual Life in Emily Brontё’s Wuthering Heights.
Freud on Femininity and Charlotte Brontё’s Jane Eyre.
Lacan and Feminism.
Part Three: Women in defiance of Phallus’ Transgression
Women at the Crossroads of Europe.
A Feminist Reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
The III-Act Hamlet: a Framework Play.
Part Four: Rewriting Shakespeare in Hungary
A Critical Introduction to Shakespeare and Me.
Shakespeare and Me
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