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Cooper, A.M. (1982). Some Persistent Issues in Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism. Psychoanal. Contemp. Thought, 5(1):45-53.

(1982). Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, 5(1):45-53

Some Persistent Issues in Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism

Arnold M. Cooper, M.D.

Psychoanalysts, writers, and literary critics have been engaged in a sort of ménage à trois for almost a century now, which is rather a long time for that kind of arrangement to last. As expected, each of the parties has undergone considerable change in that time, perhaps identifiable as maturation, or at least aging, and as in every such arrangement the alliances undergo periodic change, since the relationships have a basic instability. Sometimes these relationships take on the characteristic of a classic round: A pursues B, who immediately becomes interested in C, who in turn finds A to be the object of desire.

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