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1st Edition

The Erotic Motive in Literature

ISBN 9780415789127
Published November 9, 2018 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

This work, first published in 1919, is an endeavour to apply some of the methods of psychoanalysis to literature. It traces a writer’s books back to the outward and inner events of their life and to reveal of their unconscious. This unconscious is largely identical with the mental love fantasies in our present and past life. Since the terms ‘unconscious’ and ‘erotic’ are almost synonymous, any serious study of literature which is concerned with the unconscious must deal impartially with eroticism.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Eroticism in Life  3. Dreams and Literature  4. The Oedipus Complex and the Brother and Sister Complex  5. The Author Always Unconsciously in His Work  6. Unconscious Consolatory Mechanisms in Authorship  7. Projection, Villain Portrayals and Cynicism as Work of the Unconscious  8. Genius as a Product of the Unconscious  9. Literary Emotions and the Neuroses  10. The Infantile Love Life of the Author and its Sublimations  11. Sexual Symbolism in Literature  12. Cannibalism: The Atreus Legend  13. Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticism  14. Keats’ Personal Love Poems  15. Shelley’s Personal Love Poems  16. Psychoanalytic Study of Edgar Allan Poe  17. The Ideas of Lafcadio Hearn  18. Conclusion

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