Psychoanalytic Criticism: Theory in Practice by Elizabeth Wright
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Overview: The last ten years have seen a radical transformation in the study of literature both within the institution and without. The Methuen New Accents series has perhaps done more than any other single publisher to lead literary studies out of the splendid isolation to which it had become confined. Having published volumes on the new critical theories – structuralism, semiotics, deconstruction – which draw, in some cases heavily, on psychoanalytic theories, they have now issued a very welcome, full-length volume on the subject.
Elizabeth Wright’s Psychoanalytic Criticism is an ambitious attempt to discuss what is by now a very wide field. Starting from Freud’s initial pronouncements, she examines classical psychoanalysis, object-relations theory, and structural and post-structural psychoanalytic thinking on literature and art. In her own metaphor, the reader is led from ‘the enclosed space of applied psychoanalytic criticism to wider pastures’, to the complex interaction between literacy and psychoanalytic discourses which faces the student of literature and cultural studies today. Her account is immensely knowledgeable, densely argued, with good cross referencing and much suggestive detail.
The major difficulty of this book is its compression, which I fear will send many students reeling backwards in despair and disbelief. To sketch Freudian, Jungian, Kleinian and Lacanian positions (to name just a few), then to discuss their different applications to cultural production, is an enormous project.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
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Psychic Reality and Psychoanalytic Knowing: 3 (Routledge Library Editions: Psychoanalysis) by Barnaby B. Barratt
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Overview: How do we know our mental life, and how is our mental life altered by our efforts to know it better? Originally published in 1984, this title attempts an epistemological and ontological discourse concerning the understanding of human mental processes, and it aims toward a definitive thesis on the dialectics of knowing and being in this work of psychological understanding. What this work reconfronts are questions pertaining to all psychology and to all human sciences. Yet much of its focus is on the understanding of unconscious mental contents, on the question of knowing and being in Freud’s psychology.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational > Psychology & Psychiatry
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Psychoanalytic Filiations: Mapping the Psychoanalytic Movement through Ernst Falzeder
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Overview: This e book items a selection of fifteen essays at the early historical past of psychoanalysis, that specialize in the community of psychoanalytic "filiations" ("who analysed whom") and the context of discovery of an important ideas, akin to Freud’s technical suggestions, the healing use of countertransference, the advent of the anal segment, the delivery of the object-relations-model versus the drive-model in psychoanalysis, and the psychotherapeutic remedy of psychoses. Several chapters take care of key figures in that historical past, akin to Sandor Ferenczi, Karl Abraham, Eugen Bleuler, Otto Rank, and C.G. Jung, their respective dating to Freud, and the results that their collaboration – in addition to conflicts – with him had for the additional building of psychoanalysis as much as the existing day. Other chapters give an summary of the publications of Freud’s texts and of unpublished paperwork (the "unknown Freud"), the editorial coverage of the publications of Freud’s letters, and the query of Freud’s unfavourable perspective towards America.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational
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