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Freud’s Copernican revolution
in Literature and psychoanalysis
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book considers Sigmund Freud's 'Copernican revolution' to supplement Copernicus and Darwin by Marx, who declared that thinking was not produced by autonomous individuals: rather, 'the ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas'. It explains how Freud illuminates literature, and makes for a very full reading of it. The book begins with one of Freud's 'case-histories', where he discussed particular examples of analysis. It discusses one of Freud's most exciting followers, Melanie Klein, and object-relations theory. The book talks about the role of the mother in psychoanalysis. It also talks about Jacques Lacan, first through the main strands of his thought: the categories of the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the Real, then, on paranoia, and madness, linking to modernist literature.

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