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ENGL 3010: Introduction to Literary Studies: Psychoanalytic

Key Individuals

Sigmund Freud

Jacques Lacan

Charles Mauron

Carl Jung

Karen Horney

Peter Brooks

Marshall Alcorn

Books in the Library

Psychoanalytic criticism focuses on literature as an expression of the inner workings of the human mind.  Freud is viewed as the first psychoanalytic critic and used the same techniques for interpreting dreams to interpret literature.  Jacques Lacan argued that the essential alienating experience of the human psyche is the acquisition of language. 

Subject Headings and Keywords

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  • Criticism - Psychological Aspects
  • Psychoanalysis and Literature
  • Psychological Fiction