Questions tagged [psychoanalysis]

Questions about psychoanalytic literary criticism, a mode of interpretation that attempts to uncover what goes on in literary works by using methods and concepts developed in psychoanalysis. The two main influences from psychoanalysis are the works of Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) and Jacques Lacan (1901 – 1981). Use this tag for questions about psychoanalytic literary theory or criticism, not for questions requesting a psychoanalytic interpretation.

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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

Literary theory talks broadly about three sources of text: texts themselves, the social context and the author's psyche. In the latter aspect, the ideas of psychiatrists Sigmund Freud and Jacques ...
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From a Lacanian perspective, why did Kurtz go mad in Heart of Darkness?

From a Lacanian perspective, what would be the cause of Kurtz's madness? Would it be reasonable to argue that when he was confronted with the "horror" of the colonial project and the way ...
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How does Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge represent the notion of self-conflict?

How does Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886) represent the notion of self-conflict? I am looking for an analysis based on psychoanalytic literary criticism. Note: The question How ...
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How does Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird represent the notion of self-conflict?

I hope to get an answer, if I want to write about this topic. How does Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird represent the notion of self-conflict? I am looking for an answer based on psychoanalytic ...
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How is psychoanalysis relevant to the study of literature?

I've recently seen the term "psychoanalysis" used a few times here on Literature Stack Exchange. Looking it up, I learned that it seems to be more a branch of psychology or philosophy than ...
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