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(1960). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XL, 1959: On Bullfighting and the Future of Tragedy. Martin Grotjahn. Pp. 238-239.. Psychoanal Q., 29:585.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XL, 1959: On Bullfighting and the Future of Tragedy. Martin Grotjahn. Pp. 238-239.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:585

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XL, 1959: On Bullfighting and the Future of Tragedy. Martin Grotjahn. Pp. 238-239.

The bullfight symbolizes for the analyst the 'seduction of the aggressor'. It is a common analytic observation that some individuals look for people whom they can seduce into being enemies. This thought leads ultimately to the conclusion that the bullfight may have the unconscious meaning of a Christian festival. To identify unconsciously with Jesus one needs a Judas. In classic tragedy the hero's hubris is the moral ingredient of the tragedy that brings about the hero's fall. In contrast, the Christian drama is essentially a re-enactment of the incarnation and victory of Jesus Christ. We may expect in the development of the literature a renaissance of tragedy in which modern man's hubris may be his ambition to dominate the unconscious.

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(1960). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XL, 1959. Psychoanal. Q., 29:585

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