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Fishman, G.G. (1986). American Imago. XXXVIII, 1981: Dostoevsky: Epilepsy, Mysticism, and Homosexuality. J. R. Maze. Pp. 155-184.. Psychoanal Q., 55:194.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXXVIII, 1981: Dostoevsky: Epilepsy, Mysticism, and Homosexuality. J. R. Maze. Pp. 155-184.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:194

American Imago. XXXVIII, 1981: Dostoevsky: Epilepsy, Mysticism, and Homosexuality. J. R. Maze. Pp. 155-184.

George G. Fishman

The author's thesis is that epilepsy represents homoerotic yearnings in every instance of its occurrence in Dostoevsky's novels. The two main examples are Prince Myshkin in The Idiot and Smerdyakov in The Brothers Karamazov. The evidence cogently supports "homosexual" overtones. However, it does not expressly lead us to the rather classical interpretations Maze offers. He focuses on passive submission mainly as a negative polarity of the oedipus complex. Although he alludes to Dostoevsky's "vain need for unconditional love and acceptance," he does not consider the homosexuality as a possible sexualization of this need. On this account, the otherwise careful analysis suffers.

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Fishman, G.G. (1986). American Imago. XXXVIII, 1981. Psychoanal. Q., 55:194

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