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1st Edition

Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism

ISBN 9780582083479
Published November 21, 1994 by Routledge
286 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of essays provides students of literary critical theory with an introduction to Freudian methods of interpretation, and shows how those methods have been transformed by recent developments in French psychoanalysis, particularly by the influence of Jacques Lacan. It explains how classical Freudian criticism tended to focus on the thematic content of the literary text, whereas Lacanian criticism focuses on its linguistic structure, redirecting the reader to the words themselves. Concepts and methods are defined by tracing the role played by the drama of Oedipus in the development of psychoanalytic theory and criticism. The essays cover a wide generic scope and are divided into three parts: drama, narrative and poetry. Each is accompanied by explanatory headnotes giving clear definitions of complex terms.

Table of Contents

Introduction  The textual unconscious  The psychic theatre  Freud's Oedipus  Lacan's Oedipus  Before the phallus  Towards the psychoanalysis of literature  Part 1: Drama  1. Prologue - the psycho-analytical reading of tragedy, Andre Green  2. Oedipal textuality - reading Freud's reading of Oedipus, Cynthia Chase  3. Beyond Oedipus - the specimen story of psychoanalysis, Shoshama Felman  PART 2: Narrative  4. Two ways to avoid the real of desire, Slavoj Zizek  5. The melancholy persuasion, Anita Sokolsky  6. To the lighthouse, Daniel Ferrer  PART 3: Poetry  7. Freud and the sublime - a catastrophe theory of creativity, Harold Bloom  8. Gerard de Nerval, the disinherited poet, Julia Kristeva  9. "Daddy", Jacqueline Rose  Index

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Maud Ellman is Randy L. & Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English, in the Department of English, University of Chicago, USA.