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Psychoanalysis and Storytelling

ISBN: 978-0-631-19008-0
156 pages
January 1994, Wiley-Blackwell
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Psychoanalysis and Narrative is a clear and exemplary demonstration of the ways in which the vital connections between psychoanalysis and literature can be articulated without reductive simplification. Following Freud's assumption that sexuality and narrative form are analogous, Brooks proposes that literature constitutes a fundamental part of human existence. He supplements the terminology of narrative theory with the rich and suggestive language of psychoanalysis.
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Table of Contents


Introduction: John S. Rickard and Harold Schweizer.

The Idea of Psychoanalytic Criticism.

Changes in Margins: Construction, Transference, and Narrative.

The Storyteller.

Constructing Narrative: An Interview with Peter Brooks.

Peter Brooks: A Bibliography, 1963-1993.


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Author Information

Peter Brooks is Chester T. Tripp Professor of Humanities at Yale University. The author of numerous articles on French and English literature as well as on narrative theory and psychoanalysis, his works include The Novel of Worldlines (1969), The Melodramatic Imagination (1976), and the widely-praised Reading for the Plot (1984), recently reissued. His latest book Body Work (1993) deals with the female body in literature, painting, and film as the object of desire.
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The Wiley Advantage

* Peter Brooks is highly regarded in the field, particularly in the USA.
* Relationship between psychoanalysis and literature is attracting increasingly sophisticated attention, and Brooks is a leading figure in this.
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