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The incest theme in literature and legend : fundamentals of a psychology of literary creation / Otto Rank; trad. Gregory C. Richter

Main Author Rank, Otto Secondary Author Richter, Gregory C. Country Estados Unidos. Publication Baltimore : The Johns Hopkins University Press, cop. 1992 Description XI, 619 p. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-8018-4176-3 CDU 82.0:159.964.2 159.964.2:82.0
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"Among the strictly scientific applications of analysis to literature, Rank's exhaustive work on the theme of incest easily takes the first place."--Sigmund Freud.

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Freud frequently credited his colleague Otto Rank with pioneering the application of psychoanalysis to storytelling, yet astonishingly Rank's earliest study on art and creativity, which placed oedipal sexuality at the very root of myth making, has never before had an English version. Rank's 1912 work long preceded his Art and Artist (tr. 1932); he himself revised it considerably in 1926 after his break with Freud. Johns Hopkins's decision to publish the first edition deliberately jumps over the bitter Freudian turf wars and recovers a congenial and exuberant moment in the prehistory of the relations of psychoanalysis to literary and creative theory. In its origins, there was no psychoanalysis without literary criticism, just as now there is no literary criticism without the deconstructive methods of psychoanalysis. Americans better acquainted with Rank might not have had to wait for postmodernism to take the sting out of the "disease" theory of creation; though a disciple, Rank is his own man and helps further humanize a Freud already demystified in both professional circles. Peter Rudnytsky's introduction (he is the author of Freud and Oedipus, CH, Dec'87, and The Psychoanalytic Vocation, CH, Jun'92), though not quite so easy with literary theory as with the vicissitudes of psychoanalysis, bridges the two credibly and supplies a valuably targeted bibliography. Richter, billed as translator only, had a vital scholarly and editorial role as well, incorporating, bibliographing, and indexing Rank's vast literary references. His headnote, insightful generally on German-English translation, is priceless on the historical semiotics of Freudian terms. Graduate; faculty; general. F. Alaya; Ramapo College of New Jersey

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Considered to be one of the most gifted psychotherapists of his time, Otto Rank investigated matters "beyond psychology" and became known for his energy, intellectual curiosity, and self-awareness. Born in Vienna, Rank had a very deprived childhood. Despite troubled feelings and suicidal thoughts during his adolescence, he read a great deal and became interested in the psychology of creativity. He first formulated his theories about art and neuroses in the series of remarkable daybooks (1903--1904). In 1912 he helped to found Imago, the first European journal of psychoanalysis. In the years of his association with Sigmund Freud from 1905 to 1925, he served as secretary to the psychoanalytic movement, and it was generally assumed that Freud regarded him as his successor. Rank, however, eventually came to see the roots of all psychoneuroses in the experience of birth. This theory he described in The Trauma of Birth (1924). Such differences caused his break with Freud in the middle 1920s, after which he lived in Paris and then New York. (Bowker Author Biography)

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