Beyond Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism: Between Literature and Mind

Author(s) : Benjamin H. Ogden

Beyond Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism: Between Literature and Mind

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : April 2018
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 130
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 93369
  • ISBN 13 : 9780815377283
  • ISBN 10 : 0815377282

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Through a series of radical and innovative chapters, Beyond Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism: Between Literature and Mind challenges the tradition of applied psychoanalysis that has long dominated psychoanalytic literary criticism. Benjamin H. Ogden, a literary scholar, proposes that a new form of analytic literary criticism take its place, one that begins from a place of respect for the mystery of literature and the complexity of its inner-workings.

In this book, through readings of authors such as J.M. Coetzee, Flannery O'Connor, and Vladimir Nabokov, the mysteries upon which literary works rely for their enduring power are enumerated and studied. Such mysteries are thereafter interwoven into a series of pioneering studies of how the analytic conceptions of thinking, dreaming, and losing become meaningful within the unique aesthetic conditions of individual novels and poems. Each chapter is a provisional solution to the difficult bridging problems - examined in twin chapters on J.M. Coetzee and Wilfred Bion - that arise when literary figures work in the psychoanalytic space, and when psychoanalysts attempt to make use of literature for analytic purposes.

At every turn, Beyond Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism: Between Literature and Mind acts as a living example of the territory it wishes to explore: the space between two disciplines, wherein the writer brings into being a form of psychoanalytic literary criticism of his own making. Forgoing traditional applied psychoanalysis and technical jargon, this highly accessible, interdisciplinary work will appeal to psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists, as well as literary critics and scholars.

About the Author(s)

Benjamin H. Ogden earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English at New York University, USA, and his Doctorate Degree in English Literature at Rutgers University, USA. He has published articles on works by Beckett, Coetzee, Faulkner, Roth and others.

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