This case-book’, we are told, ‘advocates a true critical pluralism’, the perspectives it presents being unorthodox by both literary and psychological criteria. It contains essays by twelve American academics, including the editor himself, the majority from Departments of English, and all claiming a degree of independence from Freudian thinking. Each author sets out to elucidate a particular psychological approach in straightforward terms and in almost every case to apply it to one or more specific literary texts. The courage involved in such an experiment is to be applauded, but the result is inevitably an odd mixture, at times hard to digest.
Joseph P Natoli is a retired college professor and author of numerous books on culture and politics.
He is a member of the editorial collective of BAD SUBJECTS, the oldest political online magazine on the web.
He writes regularly for a number of political and pop culture online magazines, including SENSES OF CINEMA, BRIGHT LIGHTS FILM JOURNAL, POPMATTERS, AMERICANA, DANDELION SALAD, GODOT, TRUTHOUT