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Freud's Theory and Its Use in Literary and Cultural Studies : An Introduction - Henk de Berg

Freud's Theory and Its Use in Literary and Cultural Studies

An Introduction

Paperback Published: 26th July 2004
ISBN: 9781571133014
Number Of Pages: 172

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Rarely has a single figure had as much influence on Western thought as Sigmund Freud. His ideas permeate our culture to such a degree that an understanding of them is indispensable. Yet many otherwise well-informed students in the humanities labor under misconceptions or lack of knowledge about Freudian theory. There are countless introductions to Freudian psychoanalysis but, surprisingly, none that combine a genuinely accessible account of Freud's ideas with an introduction to their use in literary and cultural studies, as this book does. It is written specifically for use by advanced undergraduate and graduate students in courses dealing with literary and cultural criticism, yet will also be of interest to the general reader. The book consists of two parts. Part one explains Freud's key ideas, focusing on the role his theories of repression, conscious and unconscious mental processes, sexuality, dreams, free associations, "Freudian slips," resistance, and transference play in psychoanalysis, and on the relationship between ego, superego, and id. Here de Berg refutes many popular misconceptions, using examples throughout. The assumption underlying this account is that Freud offers not simply a model of the mind, but an analysis of the relation between the individual and society. Part two discusses the implications of Freudian psychoanalysis for the study of literature and culture. Among the topics analyzed are Hamlet, Heinrich Heine's Lore-Ley, Freud's Totem and Taboo and its influence on literature, the German student movement of the late 1960s, and the case of the Belgian pedophile Marc Dutroux and the public reactions to it. Existing books focus either on Freudian psychoanalysis in general or on psychoanalytic literary or cultural criticism; those in the latter category tend to be abstract and theoretical in nature. None of them are suitable for readers who are interested in psychoanalysis as a tool for literary and cultural criticism but have no firm knowledge of Freud's ideas. Freu.

This is as good an introductory text as one can possibly hope for. - Peter Gay

[Henk de Berg] pairs a brief, clear introduction to Freud and a demonstration of how thinking about Freud can enrich literary and cultural studies. His Freud is one of the most convincing assessments of that oft-maligned thinker in years... The book reconstructs a Freud of deep human sympathies, wide reading, and wide-ranging importance... Well researched and including a brief bibliography.... Highly recommended. CHOICE

[The book] is clearly and forcefully written, keeps technical language to a minimum, brings in numerous real-life examples ... and firmly opposes many of the current cliches about Freud and psychoanalysis. AMERICAN IMAGO

[de Berg's] narrative map for psychoanalysis has just the right navigational markers. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW

...clear, lively, unpedantic... It serves its purpose well. GERMAN QUARTERLY

[A] new standard work that provides an introduction to the bases of Freudian literary interpretation....GERMANISTIK

[A]n incisive, clearly structured yet never simplified introduction to Freud....Throughout, this is a critical guide in the very best sense and an invaluable text for teachers of cultural studies to recommend to students new to Freud or sceptical of his theories. FORUM OF MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

[T]his introduction to Freud succeeds brilliantly in presenting complex ideas lucidly. MODERN AUSTRIAN LITERATURE

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Freud's Life and Works
Notes on Sources and Citations
Mind and Society
The Birth of Psychoanalysisp. 1
Hysteriap. 2
Conscious, Preconscious, and Unconsciousp. 4
Sexualityp. 7
From Polymorphous Perversity to Adult Sexualityp. 10
The Normality of Perversionp. 13
How to Gain Access to the Unconsciousp. 17
The Interpretation of Dreams Ip. 18
The Interpretation of Dreams II: Some Problemsp. 23
The Interpretation of Freudian Slips Ip. 30
The Interpretation of Freudian Slips II: Applicationsp. 34
The Interpretation of Free Associationsp. 40
The Interpretation of Resistance and Transferencep. 43
The Unconscious and Societyp. 49
Id, Ego, and Superego Ip. 49
Id, Ego, and Superego II: Three Examplesp. 52
The Id and Societyp. 57
The Revolutionary Nature of Psychoanalysisp. 60
Literature and Culture
Psychoanalysis of Literaturep. 73
The Mystery of Hamletp. 73
Hamlet and Oedipusp. 78
Hamlet's Inner Conflictp. 81
The Play, the Author, the Readersp. 84
Psychoanalysis and Literary Criticismp. 87
Unconscious Communication: Heine's "Lore-Ley"p. 91
Snow White, or the Meaning and Importance of Fairy Talesp. 96
The Psychoanalysis of Culturep. 109
Totem and Taboo Ip. 109
Totem and Taboo II: Its Problems and Its Influence on Literaturep. 114
Totem and Taboo III: Its Application to the Study of Culturep. 120
Man's Cultural Self-Deceptionp. 127
Two Types of Psychoanalysisp. 132
Bibliographyp. 143
Indexp. 151
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ISBN: 9781571133014
ISBN-10: 1571133011
Series: Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 26th July 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Type: New edition