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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 in the interpretation of literature. Psychoanalysis investigates the connection between the conscious and the unconscious with the aim to cure mental disorders....


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What is literature? You'd think this would be a central question for literary theory, but in fact it has not seemed to matter very much. These are the opening words of the second chapter, "What is Literature and Does it Matter?", in Jonathan Culler's Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 1997). I will skip Culler's ...


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Since Tsundoku's answer has sufficiently explained "homology", I won't repeat what's already said. Here are a couple of other supplementary points about "homology": The idea was originally borrowed from biology. "Homology" in biology refers to similarity shared by organismal structures. A common ancestor is assumed in ...


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Goldmann explains "homology" (French: "homologie") in the Preface to Pour une sociologie du roman (Gallimard, 1964). Goldmann explains that the study of György Lukács's The Theory of the Novel (1914/15, 1920) and René Girard's Mensonge romantique et vérité romanesque (1961; Deceit, Desire and the Novel) led him to formulate certain ...


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