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Mimran, M. (2019). Beyond psychoanalytic literary criticism: Between literature and mind: 1st edition, by Benjamin H. Ogden, London and New York, Routledge, 2018, 124pp., $34.37. ISBN: 978-0-8153-7728-3. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 100(4):817-821.
(2019). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 100(4):817-821
Beyond psychoanalytic literary criticism: Between literature and mind: 1st edition, by Benjamin H. Ogden, London and New York, Routledge, 2018, 124pp., $34.37. ISBN: 978-0-8153-7728-3
Review by: Masha Mimran
Benjamin H. Ogden offers his reader a profoundly original take on dialogues between psychoanalysis and literature. An Assistant Professor in literature and humanities at Stevens Institute of Technology and also co-author, with Thomas H. Ogden, of The Analyst's Ear and the Critic's Eye: Rethinking Psychoanalysis and Literature (2013), Ogden plunges in this new book into the
depths and mesmerizing wonders of the power of interdisciplinarity in its purest form, far away from the mundane and often mechanically flavourless application of psychoanalytic readings of fiction and into the exciting, engaging, and highly sophisticated field that he poignantly creates before the reader's eye. It is an experiment of both mind and, dare I say, of the heart, capturing in the most spirited and vibrant ways how the meetings of psychoanalysis and literature can illuminate, recall, originate, and make alive again the meaning of both fields. With Beyond Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism: Between Literature and Mind, Ogden does indeed take his reader beyond psychoanalysis and literature, challenging us to what one might call a beneath of interdisciplinarity—where fiction, poetry, analytic thinking and psychoanalytic criticism converge in a starry constellation, making meaning arise anew. Ogden's reader, like an analysand, is given the Loewaldian opportunity for the rediscovery of old objects. It is this essential reawakening of psychoanalytic literary criticism that leaves Ogden's reader in uncanny territory, familiar with the intimate relationship between psychoanalysis and literature yet enthralled at every turn of the page by his innovative thinking, bridging the semantic spaces between the two fields.
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