Psychological Approaches to Literature

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Coming Too Late

Rethinks the significance of the son’s relationship to his father for Freud’s psychoanalytic theory.

The Gardens of Desire

Offers a psychocritical reading of Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu (Remembrance of Things Past).

Embodied Shame

Examines how twentieth-century women writers depict female bodily shame and trauma.

Depression and Narrative

Edited by Hilary Clark
Introduction by Hilary Clark
Notes by Hilary Clark
Subjects: Psychology

How the story of depression gets told in print, on screen, and online.

Risking Difference

Looks at the dynamics of identification, envy, and idealization in fictional narratives by Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as in nonfictional accounts of cross-race relations by white feminists and feminists of color.

Post-Jungian Criticism

Rereads Jung in light of contemporary theoretical concerns, and offers a variety of examples of post-Jungian literary and cultural criticism.

Rereading George Eliot

A noted Eliot scholar explores how we become different interpreters of literature as we undergo psychological change.

New Perspectives on Narrative Perspective

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to narrative perspective, with essays by leading scholars of literary studies, cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and film and media criticism.

Literary Trauma

Examines representations of political, psychological, and sexual violence in seven novels by American women.

Gestural Politics

Explores James Joyce's use of parody and humor in his representation of women, gays, and Irish nationalism, and discusses how his complex attitude toward parody and stereotyping is related to his aesthetic vision.

Hemingway's Fetishism

Demonstrates in painstaking detail and with reference to stunning new archival evidence how fetishism was crucial to the construction and negotiation of identity and gender in Hemingway's life and fiction.

Shelley's Mirrors of Love

Examines the myths and realities of narcissism in the life and work of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and explores how Shelley combated what he called “the principle of Self” by embracing the ideals of Christlike self-sacrifice and sisterly love.

Melville, Shame, and the Evil Eye

Offers a complex analysis of the psychodynamic role of shame in Melville's work, with detailed readings of Moby-Dick, Pierre, and "Billy Budd. "

Nietzsche and Psychoanalysis

This book presents a reading of the Nietzschean thought of the eternal return of all things and relates it to Freud's psychoanalysis of the repetition compulsion. Nietzsche's eternal return and Freud's ...

Virginia Woolf and the Lust of Creation

By Shirley Panken
Subjects: Psychology

"Every secret of a writer's soul, experience of his life, and quality of his mind is written large in his work. " -- Virginia Woolf

Panken enables us to read this secret language without doing violence ...