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By Sam B Girgus

The ebook argues that during the stumble upon among wish and beliefs we discover American literature to be a story of a decentered ego within the context of a tradition that subverts constitution and balance with a purpose to advertise swap and renewal. Consensus and dissensus commingle in a strategy of disintegration and reconstruction. The booklet applies smooth theories of literature and psychoanalysis to a large variety of yankee literary works and extends to the subconscious fresh theoretical discussions of the connection among literature and beliefs. The ebook makes an attempt a reconstruction, not just of yankee literature and tradition, yet of Freud to boot.

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James Strachey), in The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works (London: Hogarth Press, 1955), 2:160. A reprint of this work has been published by Basic Books. Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (1900; rpt. New York: Avon Discus, 1965), p. 299. ), Literature and Psychoanalysis: The Question of Reading: Otherwise (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982), p. 9. See Gallop, The Daughter's Seduction: Feminism and Psychoanalysis (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982). Felman, 'To Open the Question', p.

He is ultimately our greatest Jeremiah who condemns and castigates his people in Democratic Vistas for turning the New World Garden into 'a sort of dry and flat Sahara' (p. 462). He elevates himself above the mass and charges, 'Genuine belief seems to have left us .... We live in an atmosphere of hypocrisy throughout' (p. 461). He argues that 'the moral conscience' in America 'seems to me either entirely lacking, or seriously enfeebled or ungrown' (p. 461). Accordingly, the method of integration and synthesis in Song of Myself anticipates the dissensus and disharmony of the later essay.

34 Freud, of course, never resolved this dilemma of how to explain the interaction between the individual and the collective. However, the direction of his thinking on the subject provides further evidence of the contemporaneity of his ideas and insights for our own times and for current developments in psychoanalytical theory. Freud proffered the idea that language may provide the key to understanding how the individual repeats in his or her own experience the history of the race or culture.

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