Literature and psychoanalysis

By Jeremy Tambling

Literature and psychoanalysis


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8674-8
  • Pages: 176
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £14.99
  • Published Date: December 2012
  • BIC Category: Literary theory, Ireland, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Literature & literary studies / Literary theory, Literature, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literature: history & criticism


Literature and Psychoanalysis is an exciting, and compulsive working through of what Freud really said, and why it is so important, with a chapter on Melanie Klein and object relations theory, and two chapters on Lacan, and his work on the unconscious as structured like a language.

Investigating different forms of literature through a careful examination of Shakespeare, Blake, the Sherlock Holmes stories, and many other examples from literature, the book makes the argument for taking literature and psychoanalysis together, and essential to each other.

The book places both literature and psychoanalysis into the context of all that has been said about these subjects in recent debates in the theory of Derrida and Foucault and Zizek, and into the context of gender studies and queer theory.


Jeremy Tambling is Professor of Literature at the University of Manchester


1. Introduction: Freud's Copernican Revolution
2. Freud and Literature
3. Freud and Memory
4. Freud and Guilt
5. Klein and 'Object Relations': The Mother and Creativity
6. Introducing Lacan
7. Freud, Lacan: Hysteria, Paranoia, Psychosis
8. Between Literature and Psychoanalysis

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