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Life and Art: The Creative Synthesis in Literature

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ISBN: 9781855756359    Publisher: Karnac Books Year of publishing: 2009     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 340        
The plight of the artist was one of great interest within the field of applied psychoanalysis from its earliest days. In the meetings of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, considerable time was devoted...Read more
The plight of the artist was one of great interest within the field of applied psychoanalysis from its earliest days. In the meetings of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, considerable time was devoted to the discussion of this issue, Freud having relied so much upon literature and art for evidence to support his ideas about the unconscious. Ultimately, he became sceptical as to how thoroughly the creative process could ever be understood and reached the conclusion that 'Before the artist, the analyst must laydown his arms.'In this volume an inquiry into the nature of the creative process is attempted by paying close attention to the lives of various artists, poets, novelists and playwrights, and selected works of each in order to demonstrate an essential relationship between the two, and that it is most difficult to delineate the nuances of the creative act by treating them as separate entities. Emphasis is placed upon the effect of early trauma, such as object loss and various forms of deprivation, as a powerful unconscious motivating factor and upon the dream and transitional object as facilitators of the creative effort.
The subjects of this study are allowed to speak for themselves through their works, autobiographical commentary and personal declarations wherever possible. These quotations and excerpts are meant to serve in a manner similar to that of a basic science to its clinical counterpart by furnishing a broader foundation for the derivation of further hypotheses.
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About the author: James Hamilton
Dr Hamilton graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1957 and was engaged in family practice before completing a psychiatric residency... Read more
Dr Hamilton graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1957 and was engaged in family practice before completing a psychiatric residency in Michigan in 1964. He obtained board-certification in 1968 and was a full-time member of the Departmentsof psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, Yale and the Medical College of Wisconsin before coming to New Mexico in 1988 to run a private psychotherapy practice. He has published extensively in the psychiatric and psychoanalytic literature on various theoretical andclinical issues. He has also made numerous presentationsat meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Academy of Psychoanalysis, most recently two papers to the former in 2006 on subjective elements in art criticism and the efficacy of sublimation in the life and work of Willem de Kooning.
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The plight of the artist was one of great interest within the field of applied psychoanalysis from its earliest days. In the meetings of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, considerable time was...Read more
The plight of the artist was one of great interest within the field of applied psychoanalysis from its earliest days. In the meetings of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, considerable time was devoted to the discussion of this issue, Freud having relied so much upon literature and art for evidence to support his ideas about the unconscious. Ultimately, he became sceptical as to how thoroughly the creative process could ever be understood and reached the conclusion that "Before the artist, the analyst must lay down his arms."The subjects of this study are allowed to speak for themselves through their works, autobiographical commentary and personal declarations wherever possible. These quotations and excerpts are meant to serve in a manner similar to that of a basic science to its clinical counterpart by furnishing a broader foundation for the derivation of further hypotheses.Contents1 Object Loss, Dreaming and Creativity: The Poetry of John Keats2 Joseph Conrad: 1880-1910, His Development as a Writer3 The Doppelganger Element in the Relationship Between Bertrand Russell and Joseph Conrad4 Pre-oedipal Considerations in the Works of Eugene O'Neill5 The Effect of Early Trauma upon Thomas Hardy's Literary Career6 The Significance fo Transitional Phenomena and Sublimation in the Life and Writings of Vladimir Nabokov7 Orwell's 1984 and the Creative Transformation of Intrapsychic Conflict8 Thomas Wolfe's The Lost Boy: Sequelae of Childhood Sibling Loss9 Heinrich Von Kleist and the Quest for Perfection and Immortality10 The Plays of Peter Shaffer and the Vicissitudes of Twinship Rivalry
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