Originally published in 1924 this title is substantially a continuation of Baudouin’s earlier title Studies in Psychoanalysis, being an application of psychoanalysis to the theory of aesthetics, as illustrated by a detailed study of the works of the Belgian poet Emile Verhaeren. The ‘interpretation’ Freud has supplied for dreams Baudouin attempts – and archives – for the imagery of the artistic creator. The work is in part based upon private documents supplied to the author by Madame Verhaeren, an autograph letter, and a previously unpublished poem.
Translator’s Preface. Introduction: The Laws of the Imagination. Poetic Symbols. 1. Les Tendresses Premières 2. Les Flamandes and Les Moines 3. The Crisis 4. Conversion and Deliverence 5. An Oedipus Trilogy 6. Life in All its Ardour. Conclusion. Ce Soir (poem by Verhaeren, here first published). Bibliography. Index.
Charles Baudouin (1893-1963) was a French psychoanalyst. Born in Nancy, a town that played a significant role in the history of psychoanalysis, he was a contemporary of Freud, Jung and Adler. After receiving his degree in philosophy, he moved to Geneva where his early work and first book focused on suggestion and hypnosis, later becoming interested in literature and the relation between psychoanalysis and education. Largely forgotten, Charles Baudouin’s work warrants greater attention from both psychoanalysts and historians alike. He was a prolific author throughout his career; the Collected Works of Charles Baudouin is an opportunity to revisit some of his finest works.