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

I’m reminded of something that my Abnormal Psych professor said about Freud, “He remains influential because he’s esthetically pleasing.” I think that this is the core of Freud and Lacan’s continued ...
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Publications of Freud's psycho-analysis of Little Red Riding Hood

Freud discussed ‘Little Red Riding-Hood’ (‘Rotkäppchen’) in his 1918 case history of Sergei Pankejeff, who appears under the pseudonym “der Wolfsmann”. Wenn der Wolf bei meinem Patienten nur der ...
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How is psychoanalysis relevant to the study of literature?

Peter Barry (Beginning Theory, fourth edition. Manchester University Press, 2017, p. 97): Psychoanalytic criticism is a form of literary criticism which uses some of the techniques of psychoanalysis ...
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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

Psychoanalysis is still taken quite seriously in certain circles, and there are even entire institutions still in existence that are dedicated to teaching it, such as the Boston Graduate School of ...
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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

Have you heard of the replication crisis? It confirms what many natural scientists and mathematicians had long suspected: That many fields that call themselves sciences lack scientific rigor. This ...
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Why are Freud and Lacan still seen as important to literary criticism when their theories are discredited?

How do you mean they are discredited? Certainly they have many critics (as anyone), but that doesn't mean a theory is discredited. Psychology is not exact science like physics where you can discredit ...
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