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Literature and the Relational Self : Literature and Psychoanalysis - Barbara Ann Schapiro

Literature and the Relational Self

Literature and Psychoanalysis

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1993
ISBN: 9780814779699
Number Of Pages: 220

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"Literature and the Relational Self is a tribute to the rich complexity of human natureas poets, novelists, and relational models of contemporary psychoanalysis mutually attest."
Psychoanalytic Psychologist

While psychoanalytic relational perspectives have had a major impact on the clinical world, their value for the field of literary study has yet to be fully recognized. This important book offers a broad overview of relational concepts and theories, and it examines their implications for understanding literary and aesthetic experience as it reviews feminist applications of relational-model theories, and considers D. W. Winnicott's influential ideas about creativity and symbolic play.

The eight incisive essays in this volume apply these concepts to a close reading of various nineteenth and twentieth-century literary texts: an essay on Wordsworth, for instance, explores the poet's writing on the imagination in light of Winnicott's ideas about transitional phenomena, while an essay on Woolf and Lawrence compares identity issues in their work from the perspective of feminist object relations theories.

The cultural influences that have led to the development of the relational paradigm in the sciences at this particular historical moment have also affected contemporary art and literature. Essays on John Updike, Toni Morrison, Ann Beattie, and Alice Hoffman examine self-other relational dynamics in their texts that reflect larger cultural patterns characteristic of our time. The author reviews feminist applications of relational-model theories and applies these models to works by William Wordsworth, Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Toni Morrison, and others.

"Literature and the Relational Self is a tribute to the rich complexity of human nature--as poets, novelists, and relational models of contemporary psychoanalysis mutually attest." --Psychoanalytic Psychologist

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
The Relational Paradigmp. 1
Psychoanalytic Relational Concepts: An Overviewp. 5
The Relational Model and Feminist Theoryp. 14
Transitional Phenomena, Creativity, and Culturep. 20
Applications to Literary Criticismp. 22
Wordsworth and the Relational Model of Mindp. 29
The Rebirth of Catherine Earnshaw: Splitting and Reintegration of Self in Wuthering Heightsp. 46
Gender, Self, and the Relational Matrix: D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolfp. 62
Boundaries and Betrayal in Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Seap. 84
Updike, God, and Women: The Drama of the Gifted Childp. 105
Internal World and the Social Environment: Toni Morrison's Belovedp. 127
Ann Beattie and the Culture of Narcissismp. 144
Desire and Uses of Illusion: Alice Hoffman's Seventh Heavenp. 160
Afterwordp. 180
Notesp. 183
Works Citedp. 189
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780814779699
ISBN-10: 0814779697
Series: Literature and Psychoanalysis
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 1st August 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.46