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Literature, Psychoanalysis and the New Sciences of Mind


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Literature, Psychoanalysis and the New Sciences of Mind by Leonard Jackson
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At a time when psychoanalysis is attacked by biologists, psychologists and literary critics alike, this book offers a radical defence.Literature, Psychoanalysis and the New Sciences of Mind gives a clear introduction to the theories of Freud and Jung, the strange linguistic rewriting of Freud by Jacques Lacan and the extraordinary variety of ways in which these have been applied to literature and literary theory. But for the first time, they are put in the context of recent biological theories of mind (the cognitive sciences) and sexuality (behavioural genetics).Most scientists reject analysis as unscientific nonsense and most cultural commentators have little time for cognitive science or biology. In Literature, Psychoanalysis and the New Sciences of Mind, the author discusses the critical arguments for both sides, and claims that some form of dynamic psychology - a psychology of unconscious fantasy, projection and identification - is an essential link between the biological bases of human behaviour and the symbolic complexities of human culture.Leonard Jackson is a former Principal Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University.
Release date Australia
March 30th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
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