184.108.40.206.2.2: Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism- An Overview
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- Keep a dream journal for a least one week, jotting down those dreams that you can remember most vividly.
- Take one of your dreams and analyze it like a story: What is the plot? Who are the characters? What symbols seem to be operating in the dream-story?
- Now try to understand your dream: What might be the theme of your dream-story?
- You can analyze the author’s life.
- You can analyze the thematic content of the work, especially the motivations of characters and the narrator(s).
- You can analyze the artistic construction of a text.
- You can analyze yourself or the reader of the literary work using reader-response theory, which we examine in detail in Chapter 6.
Analyze the Author’s Life
Analyze the Thematic Content: The Motivations of Characters and the Narrator(s)
Analyze the Artistic Construction
- Choose three authors and/or literary works that you think might be fruitful for applying the first three psychoanalytical approaches (remember, we’ll learn about the fourth approach in reader-response theory).
- Now jot down two reasons why you think your author and/or work might work well with these theories.
- Keep this material, for you may have already developed an idea for your paper, which you’ll be ready to write after reading the rest of this chapter.