Elizabeth Bowen's Psychoanalytic Fiction

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Edinburgh University Press, 2020 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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Fuses historical and psychoanalytic perspectives to offer a provocative and original analysis of Elizabeth Bowen's fiction

  • The first major analysis of Elizabeth Bowen's fiction to appear since 2004
  • Substantial, in-depth and distinctive interpretation of her novels and short stories
  • Literary analysis informed by biographical, cultural and political contextualisation

This book provides a new account of Bowen's fiction that highlights in particular the force and originality of Bowen's virtually psychoanalytic thinking about development, sexuality and gender. Focusing on the relationship between Bowen's work and the socio-political matrix from which it emerges, Coulson presents a pyschoanalytic literary interpretation informed by biographical, cultural and political contextualisation.

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Victoria Coulson is Senior Lecturer in American Literature, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York. She is the author of Henry James, Women and Realism (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and of Vision, Skin, Mind: Interventions in Critical and Psychoanalytic Theory (forthcoming).

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