Publisher description for Writings on art and literature / Sigmund Freud ; with a foreword by Neil Hertz.
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Despite Freud's enormous influence on twentieth-century interpretations of the humanities, there has never before been in English a collection of his writings on art and literature. These fourteen essays cover the entire chronological range of his work on these subjects, beginning with his first published analysis of a work of literature, the 1907 Delusion and Dreams in Jensen's Gradiva and concluding with the 1940 posthumous publication of Medusa's Head. An attempt has been made to include essays that have been crucial in contemporary Anglo-American literary criticism and theory. Among the subjects Freud engages are Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, King Lear, and Macbeth, Goethe's Dichtung und Wahrheit, Michelangelo's Moses, Ibsen's Rosmersholm, Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, philology, fairy tales, beauty, mythology, aesthetics, linguistics, and death.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Psychoanalysis and the arts