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Between Author and Reader
Author: Stanley J. Coen

ISBN: 9780231073578
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 210
Published: 17 December 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2 x 1.3
Description:
In Between Author and Reader a psychoanalyst demonstrates through a series of careful readings that a psychoanalytic reading of a literary work, in which one is aware of the response the writer is trying to elicit from the reader, greatly enhances one's understanding of the work. Coen asks what the author and the reader want from each other and how they cope with these needs in their literary encounters. The book examines problems of methodology in psychoanalytic literary criticism, the uses of psychoanalysis in literary criticism, and models of the psychology of reading and writing. Central to Coen's argument is the conviction that psychoanalytic literary criticism does not draw primarily on abstract psychoanalytic theory, but rather on the skilful, complex exploration of one's reading experience, which is enriched by the reader's access to his or her own feelings and needs. Coen advocates that readers access, while reading, as much of his or her inner experience as possible, just as the practicing psychoanalyst must be able to feel and need along with his patient, and then subject these needs to self-scrutiny for the sake of understanding his patient. Coen is par...

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