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Fishman, G.G. (1983). American Imago. XXXVI, 1979: Edgar Allen Poe's The Oval Portrait: Fusion of Multiple Identities. Robert N. Mollinger. Pp. 147-153.. Psychoanal Q., 52:145.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXXVI, 1979: Edgar Allen Poe's The Oval Portrait: Fusion of Multiple Identities. Robert N. Mollinger. Pp. 147-153.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:145

American Imago. XXXVI, 1979: Edgar Allen Poe's The Oval Portrait: Fusion of Multiple Identities. Robert N. Mollinger. Pp. 147-153.

George G. Fishman

The narrator of Poe's gothic tale is brought injured to a chateau. As he lies in bed, his gaze is captured by the portrait of a woman who had died as she sat as subject for the artist. Mollinger's thesis is that narrator, artist, woman, and author are all of a piece. The life and being of each is alleged to be very much codetermined by and commingled with that of all the others; it is suggested that the artistic structure derives from Poe's own experience of losing his mother in early childhood. The analysis is convincing and well done.

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Fishman, G.G. (1983). American Imago. XXXVI, 1979. Psychoanal. Q., 52:145

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