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Novel Relations: Victorian Fiction and British Psychoanalysis

Alicia Mireles Christoff


This book engages twentieth-century post-Freudian British psychoanalysis in an unprecedented way: as literary theory. Placing the writing of figures like D. W. Winnicott, W. R. Bion, Michael and Enid Balint, Joan Riviere, Paula Heimann, and Betty Joseph in conversation with canonical Victorian fiction, the book reveals just how much object relations can teach us about how and why we read. These thinkers illustrate the ever-shifting impact our relations with others have on the psyche, and help us see how literary figures—characters, narrators, authors, and other readers—shape and structure us t ... More

Keywords: literary theory, British psychoanalysis, Victorian fiction, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Victorian novels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691193106
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691193106.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alicia Mireles Christoff, author
Amherst College

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