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Greene, E.L. (1987). American Imago. XL, 1983: Uncle Tom's Cabinand Harriet Beecher Stowe. Alexander Grinstein. Pp. 115-144.. Psychoanal Q., 56:423-424.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XL, 1983: Uncle Tom's Cabinand Harriet Beecher Stowe. Alexander Grinstein. Pp. 115-144.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:423-424

American Imago. XL, 1983: Uncle Tom's Cabinand Harriet Beecher Stowe. Alexander Grinstein. Pp. 115-144.

Edward L. Greene

Grinstein directs his attention to the underlying psychological themes in Stowe's novel and their relationship to her history and character. Of particular interest is the report of a drama, Cleon, written by Stowe at age twelve or thirteen (1822), which contains many elements of similarity to the work published thirty years later. Complex developmental factors are associated with beating fantasies in general and, in particular, to those rarely occurring fantasies in which the individual beaten dies (as in both the early drama and the later novel). The death, before her own birth, of a sibling, after whom she was named, coupled with the death of her mother when

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she was four, associated with the family's idealization of both the deceased, contributed greatly to the artist's chronic depression and longing for death as salvation. Biographical and autobiographical materials clearly illuminate the profoundly masochistic character of this creative artist. The demonstration of the close connection between the writer's character and her artistic production, through the use of precise references, makes this work one of the more convincing examples of this type of study.

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Article Citation

Greene, E.L. (1987). American Imago. XL, 1983. Psychoanal. Q., 56:423-424

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