Psychoanalysis & American literary criticism. by Louis Fraiberg

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  • Psychoanalysis in literature,
  • Psychoanalysis,
  • American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism,
  • Criticism -- United States

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Other titlesAmerican literary criticism.
LC ClassificationsPS78 .F7
The Physical Object
Pagination263 p.
Number of Pages263
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13536671M
LC Control Number59011980

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book in the literary critical canon. The relationship between psychoanalysis and literary criticism which spans much of the  20th century is fundamentally concerned with the articulation of sexuality in language.

It has moved through three main emphases in its pursuit of the “literary unconscious” — on the author (and its corollary character), on the reader and on the text. Or, as in: Shakespeare must have suffered from obsessive neuroses as well as death wishes.

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2 Psychoanalytic criticism 11 The origins of the unconscious 12 The defenses, anxiety, and core issues 15 Dreams and dream symbols 18 The meaning of death 21 The meaning of sexuality 24 Lacanian psychoanalysis 26 Classical psychoanalysis and literature 34 Some questions psychoanalytic critics ask about literary texts This critical study of American detective fiction examines the history and development of the detective genre through the lens of psychoanalysis.

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