Unfolding the Mind: The Unconscious in American Romanticism and Literary Theory, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Unfolding the Mind

The Unconscious in American Romanticism and Literary Theory, 1st Edition

By Jeffrey Steele


280 pages

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American writers in the 1830’s and 1840’s felt the need for a new terminology to express their awakening perception of "new" aspects of the mind. Without words like the "unconscious" vast areas of the psyche would have remained unexpressed and thus unapproachable. This "discovery" of the unconscious constitutes to the theme of this study, which was first published in 1987. This title will be of interest to students of literary theory.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; 1. Discovering the Unconscious 2. Heart of Light or Heart of Darkness: Romantic Organicism and Psychic Energy 3. Projective and Interpretive Form 4. Sublimation: The Psychological Dialectic of Nature 5. Circumscribing the Mind 6. Emerson’s "Philosophy of History" and Jungian Psychology 7. Interpreting the Self 8. Aspects of Power: Toward a Phenomenology of the Self 9. Masks of Dionysius: Enthusiasm and Inflation in the 19th Century 10. Deconstruction and Reconstruction; Bibliography

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Literary Theory

This set reissues 27 books on literary theory originally published between 1965 and 1992. Top academics in the field examine different aspects of literary theory, including structuralism, post-structuralism, stylistics and semiotics, and approach these theories in a variety of ways. This set will be of particular interest to students of literature and literary theory.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory