By Kenneth B. Kidd
Children’s literature has spent many years at the psychiatrist’s sofa, filing to psychoanalysis via rankings of students and renowned writers alike. Freud in Oz turns the tables, suggesting that psychoanalysts owe an important and principally unacknowledged debt to books ostensibly written for kids. in truth, Kenneth B. Kidd argues, children’s literature and psychoanalysis have stimulated and interacted with one another when you consider that Freud released his first case studies.
In Freud in Oz, Kidd exhibits how psychoanalysis constructed partly via its engagement with children’s literature, which it used to articulate and dramatize its topics and techniques, turning first to folklore and fairy stories, then to fabrics from psychoanalysis of youngsters, and thence to children’s literary texts, specifically such vintage fantasies as Peter Pan and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He lines how children’s literature, and significant reaction to it, aided the popularization of psychoanalytic concept. With expanding reputation of psychoanalysis got here new genres of children’s literature—known this present day as photo books and younger grownup novels—that have been often formed as mental of their varieties and functions.
Freud in oz. offers a heritage of reigning theories within the examine of children’s literature and psychoanalysis, supplying clean insights on a range of issues, together with the view that Maurice Sendak and Bruno Bettelheim should be considered competitors, that Sendak’s makeover of monstrosity helped bring about the likes of the Muppets, and that “Poohology” is its personal type of literary criticism—serving up Winnie the Pooh because the poster endure for theorists of generally various stripes.
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Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children’s Literature by Kenneth B. Kidd