Psychoanalytic Criticism Presentation

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Psychoanalytic Criticism Presentation Sigmund Freud was the first to establish his psychoanalytic theories as they pertained to literature. The three main themes of psychoanalytical criticism: the dominance of the unconscious mind over the conscious, the expression of the unconscious mind through symbols (often in dreams), and sexuality as a powerful force for motivating human behavior. The critic can either analyze a text like a dream, looking for symbolism and repressed meaning, or develop a psychological analysis of a character. Symbolic castration, emasculation, sexual impotency and the reaffirmation of manhood/womanhood are key themes in this theory. Lacan reworked the theories and linked them closely with poststructuralism and language usage. Julia Kristeva has again reworked the theories of both Freud and Lacan. She wanted more emphasis on gender where Freud established all of his theories for male development. According to Dino Felluga, Kristeva was heavily influenced by the
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2009 for the course ENG 394 taught by Professor Emily during the Summer '06 term at Converse.

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