Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries

Bernard Shaw’s Fiction, Material Psychology, and Affect

Shaw, Freud, Simmel

Authors: Watt, Stephen

  • Examines the relationship between materialism, feeling, and emotion throughout Shaw's canon
  • Compares the work of Shaw, Sigmund Freud, and Georg Simmel in relation to human subjectivity
  • Illuminates the life and work of Shaw as well as a number of eminent contemporaries, such as Charles Darwin
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This book traces the effects of materiality - including money and its opposite, poverty - on the psychical lives of George Bernard Shaw and his characters. While this study focuses on the protagonists of the five novels Shaw wrote in the late 1870s and early 1880s, it also explores how materialism, feeling, and emotion are linked throughout his entire canon. At the same time, it demonstrates how Shaw’s conceptions of human subjectivity parallel those of two of his contemporaries, Sigmund Freud and Georg Simmel. In particular, this book explores how theories of so-called 'marginal economics' influence fin de siècle thought about human psychology and the sociology of the modern metropolis, particularly London.

About the authors

Stephen Watt is Provost Professor of English and former Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. His most recent books include “Something Dreadful and Grand”: American Literature and the Irish-Jewish Unconscious (2015) and Beckett and Contemporary Irish Writing (2009).

Reviews

“This excellent and learned work is a very welcome illumination not only of Shaw’s life and work but of the life and work of eminent contemporaries such as Darwin and Freud.” (Richard Farr Dietrich, Founding President of the International Shaw Society and Vice President of the Shaw Society UK)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: On Money, Psychology, and Affect in Bernard Shaw’s Writing

    Watt, Stephen

    Pages 1-41

  • The Materialist Dream Theatre: Affect and Value, Freud and Simmel

    Watt, Stephen

    Pages 43-88

  • “UNASHAMED”: Negative Affect, Money, and Performance in Immaturity and The Irrational Knot

    Watt, Stephen

    Pages 89-133

  • Entr’acte at the Theatre: Marriage, Money, and Feeling in Love Among the Artists

    Watt, Stephen

    Pages 135-144

  • Cashel Byron’s Blush—And Others

    Watt, Stephen

    Pages 145-175

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71513-1
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-71512-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bernard Shaw’s Fiction, Material Psychology, and Affect
Book Subtitle
Shaw, Freud, Simmel
Authors
Series Title
Bernard Shaw and His Contemporaries
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71513-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71513-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71512-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 235
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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