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Buchanan, Bradley, 1970-
Oedipus against Freud : myth and the end(s) of humanism in twentieth-century British literature /
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2010.
x, 199 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -192) and index.
Oedipus before Freud : humanism and myth in H.G. Wells's The time machine -- Oedipus against Freud : the origins of D.H. Lawrence's anti-humanism -- Anti-humanists at Colonus : the Oedipus myth in Wyndham Lewis and T.S. Eliot -- Dystopian Oedipus : Freudianism and totalitarianism in Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and Malcolm Lowry -- Freudful mistakes in sphinxish pairc : Oedipal humanism and Irish nationalism in W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett -- Oedipus que(e)ried : humanism, sexuality, and gender in E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf -- Oedipus reconsidered : humanism as a post-structuralist narrative in Christine Brooke-Rose and Zadie Smith.
Arguing that Sigmund Freud's interpretation of the Oedipus myth has unduly influenced studies of the works of Modernist writers, Buchanan re-examines the Oedipal narratives of authors such as D.H. Lawrence, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce in order to explore their conflicted attitudes towards the humanism that underpins Freud's views.
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Oedipus (Greek mythology) in literature
Humanism in literature
Myth and the end(s) of humanism in twentieth-century British literature
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