An American Dreamer: A Psychoanalytic Study of the Fiction of Norman Mailer (Google eBook)

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1980 - Literary Criticism - 234 pages
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Analyzes Muller's achievement from The Naked and the Dead through The Armies of the Night. using the techniques of depth psychology developed by Freud and certain post-Freudians. In particular, it explores the interrelated concerns in Mailer's fiction of sex, anality, violence, and power.
  

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Contents

Mailer Freud and Reich The Novelist as Psychoanalyst
31
The Naked and the Dead The Triumph of Impotence
55
Barbary Shore Growing Up in Brooklyn
73
The Man Who Studied Yoga The Womb of MiddleClass Life
87
The Deer Park The Ambivalence to Power
95
The Time of Her Time He Stoops to Conquer
113
An American Dream A Vision of Madness
129
Why Are We In Vietnam? Deep in the Bowels of Texas
172
The Armies of the Night Mailer vs Mailer
186
Mailer Swift and Carlyle The Excremental Vision
207
List of Works Cited
214
Index
221
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Page 15 - Ah, love, let us be true To one another ! for the world, which seems To lie before us like a land of dreams, So various, so beautiful, so new, Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain; And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night.
Page 41 - ... the nihilism of Hip proposes as its final tendency that every social restraint and category be removed, and the affirmation implicit in the proposal is that man would then prove to be more creative than murderous and so would not destroy himself.
Page 42 - ... to trade his warped brilliant conception of his possible victories in life for the grim if peaceful attrition of the analyst's couch. So his associational journey into the past is lived out in the theatre of the present, and he exists for those charged situations where his senses are so alive that he can be aware actively (as the analysand is aware passively) of what his habits are, and how he can change them.
Page 42 - In thus giving expression to the buried infant in himself, he can lessen the tension of those infantile desires and so free himself to remake a bit of his nervous system. Like the neurotic he is looking for the opportunity to grow up a Second time, but the psychopath knows instinctively that to express a forbidden impulse actively is far more beneficial to him than merely to confess the desire in the safety of a doctor's room.
Page 35 - The sour truth is that I am imprisoned with a perception •which will settle for nothing less than making a revolution in the consciousness of our time.

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