Eros Plays: Parts & Pieces from a Left-handed Psychology

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University Press of America, 1990 - Literary Collections - 142 pages
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Eros plays the unruly bastard in Freud's late metapsychology and the lead essay in this collection. The author establishes his motif by describing the uncanny coming of Eros and its unwelcome persistence in the writings of Sigmund Freud with particular attention to his two major books-The Interpretation of Dreams and Civilization and its Discontents. Offering a continuing invocation to Eros, these essays use literary allusions to encourage disorderly ways of thinking about psychology while teasing the related human needs for security, certainty, and control. The author, a psychologist, makes 'patriarchy' his 'straight man, ' and in doing so, often finds 'self-mockery' to be the play. Contents: Eros Plays; A One Page Explanatory Summary of 'Eros Plays'; Testing the Taste of Spit: A Novel Introduction to Psychology; How Firm a Foundation; PsychoBabel-Man's Quest Goes on...Until it Ends; Androgony
 

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Contents

Eros Plays foreplay is alland fugue
5
A onepage explanatory summary of Eros Plays
44
Testing the Taste of Spit A Novel Introduction to Psychology
45
How Firm a Foundation
63
PsychoBabel Mans Quest Goes OnUntil it Endsor How to Pale The Whale
91
Androgyny Let a Shooting Star Fall
115
Subject Index
139
Credits
142
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Jerry Caris Godard is Professor of Psychology and Literature at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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