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Norman N. Holland

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Jeffrey Berman has accomplished an immense task; he has written an appealing and very personal study of Norman Holland, engaging with his subject in a way that both elaborates convincingly the unusual trajectory of Holland's career as the leading psychoanalytic literary critic of the sixties and beyond, but also takes issue with some of Holland's positions. Meticulously engaging Holland extensive oeuvre, Berman moves through the various stages of Holland's criticism from new critical to psychoanalytic to his final commitment to reader response theory, celebrating Holland's achievement but also pointing out Holland's contradictions and weaknesses. Indeed, Berman analyzes Holland not only as a critic but as a person, reading for example, Holland's interpretations of Shakespeare as projections of Holland's own personality. Even more unusual, Berman establishes a personal relationship with Holland during the course of the book describing his own personal encounters with Holland as an undergraduate student and later as a fellow academic to whom he felt close. Finding his subject witty, engaging, insightful, playful, but also at times condescending and cutting, Berman presents an extraordinary personal and complex portrait of an extraordinary and complex critic as well as a comprehensive tour of his works.

A study of the leading 20th-century American psychoanalytic literary critic.

Jeffrey Berman is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York, USA, where he has been teaching since 1973. He is the author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including Confidentiality and Its Discontents, coauthored with Paul Mosher, which received the 2017 Book Prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association. An Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, he was selected by the Princeton Review in 2012 as one of the country's top 300 professors.

Norman Holland was unquestionably the leading 20th-century American psychoanalytic literary critic. Long known as the Dean of American psychoanalytic literary critics, Holland produced an enormous body of scholarship that appeals to both neophytes in the field and advanced researchers, many of whom have been influenced by his writings. Holland was one of the first proponents of reader-response criticism, the theorist of readers' identity themes, and the author of fifteen books that have become classics in the field. Jeffrey Berman analyzes all of Holland's books, and many of his 250 scholarly articles, highlighting continuities and discontinuities in the critic's thinking over time. A controversial if not polarizing figure, Holland is discussed in relation to his closest colleagues, including Murray Schwartz, Bernard Paris, and Leslie Fiedler, as well as his fiercest critics, among them Frederick Crews, David Bleich, and Jonathan Culler, creating a dynamic and personal portrait. Insofar as this text illuminates the evolving mind of a premier literary critic, it produces a parallel profile of the American reader, the primary object of Holland's extensive work.

1. Writing Non-Psychoanalytically: The First Modern Comedies and The Shakespearean Imagination 2. Becoming a Freudian: Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare 3. Theorizing Psychoanalytic Literary Criticism: The Dynamics of Literary Response 4. Developing a New Model of Reader-Response Criticism: Poems in Persons and 5 Readers Reading 5. Extending Identity Theory in the 1980s: Re-Covering 'The Purloined Letter, Laughing, The I and Being Human, and The Brain of Robert Frost 6. Speaking in a Lone Voice Among the New Cryptics: Holland's Guide and The Critical I 7. Penning Fiction: A Cyberreader Defends and Death in a Delphi Seminar 8. Exposing the Film Critic's Free Associations: Meeting Movies 9. Venturing into a New Field: Literature and the Brain 10. Contemplating Endings Conclusion: Norman Holland's Legacy Works Cited


Titel: Norman N. Holland
Untertitel: The Dean of American Psychoanalytic Literary Critics
EAN: 9781501373008
ISBN: 978-1-5013-7300-8
Format: Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber: Bloomsbury Academic
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Anzahl Seiten: 296
Größe: H216mm x B140mm
Jahr: 2022
Untertitel: Englisch