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Joy and the Objects of Psychoanalysis : Literature, Belief, and Neurosis

Gay, Volney P.

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ISBN 10: 0791451003 / ISBN 13: 9780791451007
Verlag: State University of New York Press, New York, 2001
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Titel: Joy and the Objects of Psychoanalysis : ...

Verlag: State University of New York Press, New York

Erscheinungsdatum: 2001

Einband: paperback

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Dust Jacket

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For more than a hundred years, psychoanalysts have applied their theories of neurosis to objects of culture, including literature. In this book, psychoanalyst, anthropologist, and scholar of religion Volney P. Gay reverses field and uses literature to reevaluate psychoanalysis. Arguing that neurosis occurs when we cannot recollect joy, Gay focuses upon the nature of joy as articulated in drama and literature. It is the absence of joy, he suggests, that evokes in children a lifelong quest for repair and restitution, usually through the stories they tell themselves. Therefore, Gay argues, literary accounts of joy are essential to contemporary psychoanalysts because they illuminate the nature of an "object" that, when absent, produces the form of human suffering that Freud named "neurosis." Throughout the book, case studies are juxtaposed with analyses of works by Plato, Homer, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Hawthorne, Wharton, and others in order to explore the notion that the objects of psychoanalysis (and similar psychotherapies) are structured like narratives rather than organisms or other natural objects.


Volney P. Gay uses literature to reevaluate psychoanalysis focusing on the nature of joy as it is articulated in drama and literature.

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