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Literature and Psychoanalysis

The Question of Reading: Otherwise

Edited by Shoshana Felman

The relationship between literature and psychoanalysis has never been one of equals. Traditional (particularly in American tradition), literature has been relegated to the position of foil for its more abstract counterpart—a mere body of language to be explained through the theoretical authority of psychoanalysis and, through its need to be interpreted, to add justification anjd pretige to Freudian theory.

Such a relationship has always bothered literary critics—who feel that psychoanalysis refuses to even to recognize literature as such—and, of late, it has begun to both some scholars of psychoanalysis, as well. This volume proposes a fundamental reorientation of the relationship between literature and psychoanalysis, arguing that neither discipline dominates the othr. Instead, the contributors assert that the subjects traverse each other's boundaries and that their relationship is one of give and take.

About the Author

Shoshana Feldman is professor of French at Yale University and an editor of Yale French Studies. She is the author of La "Folie" dans l'oeuvre romanesque de Stendhal, and La "Folie" at la chose Litteraire.

Reviews

"It remains the best work on literature and psychoanalysis, essential reading for anyone interested in pursuing the relations between the two or wanting to know about the possible effects of the French re-reading of Freud for a reading of literature."

- Year's Work in English Studies

"Even the strictest clinical focus could profit from these essays, since there is always more to be learned about the complexities of language and narrative form, the colors and shapes in the language of the self struggling free of its silences."

- Modern Psychoanalysis
Johns Hopkins University Press
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