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Title: Sibling relationships in mid-twentieth-century literature and psychoanalytic theory.
Author: Scholes, Lucy A.
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis considers the extent to which mid-twentieth-century literature can be recontextualised through recent developments in sibling-specific psychoanalytic theory, drawing in particular on the work of Juliet Mitchell and Prophecy Coles. Chapter one re-examines Freud’s early work; tracing his positioning of the Oedipus complex at the heart of psychoanalytic theory while also analysing his early omission of the significance of sibling, and other lateral relations, in his own self-analysis and two of his case studies; ’Analysis of a Phobia in a Five-Year-Old Boy’ and ’History of an Infantile Neurosis’. This chapter then continues with an explication of Juliet Mitchell’s and Prophecy Coles’ re-examination of sibling relationships in psychoanalysis. Chapters two and three each trace further developments in Freud’s work, set against more recent theoretical material which, when read together, illuminate analyses of mid-twentieth-century novels; chapter two explores the figure of the hysterical sibling in Henry Green’s wartime novels Caught (1943) and Back (1946), while chapter three analyses Rosamond Lehmann’s novel Dusty Answer (1927) as a primal fantasy indicating a sibling family romance. Chapter four looks at the lived sibling experience, setting examples of sibling relationships from the clinical work of child psychoanalysts, Hermine Hug-Hellmuth and Melanie Klein, against Nina Warner Hooke’s literary trilogy. The final chapter then considers representations of the figure of the sibling double in Daphne du Maurier’s narrative of sibling incest, The Parasites (1949), and the androgynous sibling pairs that can be consistently found in the novels of Rose Macaulay.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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