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Leaska, M.A. (1983). The Literary Use of the Psychoanalytic Process. Meredith Anne Skura. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981. 282 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 70(2):287-290.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Review, 70(2):287-290

The Literary Use of the Psychoanalytic Process. Meredith Anne Skura. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981. 282 pp.

Review by:
Mitchell A. Leaska

In a decade of shifting values, uncertain allegiances, and moral relativism, it is difficult to imagine anyone's attempting to bridge the awesome gap between the strange, uncharted content of a human psyche which finds its way into the psychoanalyst's consulting room and the more organized, though often equally mysterious, volume of fiction which ends up in the hands of a literary critic. Yet this is the task Meredith Anne Skura has set out to accomplish in her carefully articulated and intelligently organized book The Literary Use of the Psychoanalytic Process. “Freud recommended that any young analyst include the study of literature as part of his training, and he himself drew on literary texts as illustration and inspiration for his ‘scientific’ discipline.” So begins the first chapter of Professor Skura's study—and a provocative one at

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