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Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction

Authors: Johnson, G.

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Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction argues that literary critics have tended to distort the impact of pre-Freudian psychological discourses, including psychical research, on Modern British Fiction. Psychoanalysis has received undue attention over a more typical British eclecticism, embraced by now-forgotten figures including Frederic Myers and William McDougall. This project focuses on the Edwardian novelists most fully engaged by dynamic psychology, May Sinclair, and J.D. Beresford, but also reconsiders Arnold Bennett and D.H. Lawrence. The book concludes by demonstrating Woolf's subtle assimilation of pre-Freudian discourse.

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GEORGE M. JOHNSON is Associate Professor of English at the Cariboo University College in British Columbia, Canada. He has edited three volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography on Modern British Novelists, and in 1998 published the first full-length study of J.D. Beresford. He has recently completed a mystery novel, The Absence of Freud, about a clash between late-Victorian working-class hypnotists and psychical researchers.

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'For scholars of British literary modernism, who focus on theories of the unconsious, selfhood and narrative, Dynamic Psychology is essential reading.' - Michael Lackey, Studies in the Novel

'...this study should receive serious consideration for two reasons: as a reassessment of the role psychical research played in the development of both modern psychology and modern literature and as a call for the renewed appreciation of neglected authors like Bennett, Beresford, and especially Sinclair.' - Andrew Kunka, Modern Fiction Studies


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-28807-2
DOI
10.1057/9780230288072
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-4228-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 240
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