ISBN-10:
0226184617
ISBN-13:
9780226184616
Pub. Date:
11/01/2007
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Towards Reading Freud: Self-Creation in Milton, Wordsworth, Emerson, and Sigmund Freud / Edition 1

Towards Reading Freud: Self-Creation in Milton, Wordsworth, Emerson, and Sigmund Freud / Edition 1

by Mark EdmundsonMark Edmundson

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Overview

When most critics were using Freudian theories to study literature, Mark Edmundson read Freud’s writings as literature alongside the works of poets grappling with the heady issues of desire, narcissism, and grief. Towards Reading Freud weighs the psychoanalyst’s therapeutic directives against his more visionary impulses in a magisterial comparative study of such writers as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Emerson, and Keats. Cross-fertilizing psychological doctrine with the literary canon, this richly informed volume forges a new understanding of Freud’s writings on the self.
 
“Marvelous. . . . Edmundson’s book offers an extraordinary challenge both to practicing analysts and to a scholarly community which all too uncomplainingly inhabits and reinforces the Freudian paradigm of interpretation. Edmundson reinvents an adventurous and dissident Freud as an antidote to . . . weary psychoanalytic commonplaces.”—Malcolm Bowie, Raritan
 
“This book takes a distinguished place in the ongoing effort to recontextualize Freud by stressing the literary, rather than the scientific roots and character of his theory.”—Virginia Quarterly Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226184616
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/01/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Mark Edmundson is the Daniels Family Distinguished Teaching Professor of Romantic Poetry and Literary Theory at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books, including The Death of Freud and Why Read?.
 
 
 

Table of Contents

Preface 
Introduction
Reading Freud
 
Chapter One
Freud's First Self-Genesis: "The Interpretation of Dreams," 1900
 
Chapter Two
New Thresholds: "On Narcissism, An Introduction," 1914 
 
Chapter Three
Therapeutic Exchanges: Papers on Psychoanalytic Technique, 1911-1915
 
Chapter Four
The Work of Melancholia: "Mourning and Melancholia," 1917
 
Conclusion
Freud in the Future

Index

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