2. Edition August 1998
232 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
What is psychoanalytic criticism and how can it be justified as atype of criticism in its own right? In this new and thoroughlyrevised edition of her classic textbook, Elizabeth Wright providesa cogent answer to this question and a wide-ranging introduction topsychoanalytic criticism from Freud to the present day.
Since each school of psychoanalysis has its own theory of theaesthetic process, the field is complex. Adopting a criticalperspective, Elizabeth Wright focuses on major figures and texts inpsychoanalysis and in literary and art criticism: classicalpsychoanalysis; Jungian analytic psychology; objects-relationstheory; French psychoanalysis; French anti-psychoanalysis; feministpsychoanalytic criticism. Across these divisions certain problemsrecur, problems which conceal themselves in a wide range ofsurprising places, from Shakespearean tragedy to performancetheatre from magic realism to detective fiction, from the GermanLied to Wagner. These areas are investigated with referenceto rival psychoanalytic theories, while connections are tracedbetween the aesthetic process and the psychoanalytic approach.
Already established as the leading introduction to the field, thisnew edition of Psychoanalytic Criticism will be essentialreading for students of literature and literary theory,psychoanalysis, feminism and feminist theory, cultural studies andthe humanities generally.
Part One. .
1. Classical Psychoanalysis: Freud.
2. Classical Freudian Criticism: Id-Psychology.
3. Post-Freudian Criticism: Ego-Psychology.
4. Archetypal Criticism: Jung and the CollectiveUnconscious.
5. Object-Relations Theory: Self and Other.
Part Three. .
6. Structural Psychoanalysis: Psyche as Text.
7. Post-structural Psychoanalysis: Text as Psyche.
Part Four. .
8. Psychoanalysis and Ideology I: Focus on Subversion.
9. Psychoanalysis and Ideology II: Focus on Dialectic.
10. Feminist Psychoanalytic Criticism.
"Elizabeth Wright's Psychoanalytic Criticism is the onlyplace I know where two vital discourses, psychoanalysis andliterary criticism, can achieve more than a passing acquaintancewith each other. Professor Wright's central concern, theproblematic relation of art to psychoanalysis, shapes theconfrontations she carefully stages between the various Freudianand post-Freudian theories and their literary-criticalcounterparts. The new chapters that include contemporary work byZizek, feminists, and the new Lacanians maintain this book ascrucially relevant." Juliet Flower MacCannell, The University ofCalifornia
"Psychoanalytic Criticism provided a judicious andindispensable guide to this often bewildering and complex field ofliterary studies ... This second and updated edition, therefore, isto be welcomed. Wright has not just reissued the book but has usedthe opportunity to take stock of the field and reappraise thecurrent state of play in psychoanalytic studies." PsychoanalyticStudies
'One cannot but admire its breadth and energy.'Psychoanalysis, Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory