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Imagined Human Beings

A Psychological Approach to Character and Conflict in Literature

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Imagined Human Beings by Bernard Jay Paris
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One of literature's greatest gifts is its portrayal of realistically drawn characters--human beings in whom we can recognize motivations and emotions. In Imagined Human Beings, Bernard J. Paris explores the inner conflicts of some of literature's most famous characters, using Karen Horney's psychoanalytic theories to understand the behavior of these characters as we would the behavior of real people. When realistically drawn characters are understood in psychological terms, they tend to escape their roles in the plot and thus subvert the view of them advanced by the author. A Horneyan approach both alerts us to conflicts between plot and characterization, rhetoric and mimesis, and helps us understand the forces in the author's personalty that generate them. The Horneyan model can make sense of thematic inconsistencies by seeing them as the product of the author's inner divisions. Paris uses this approach to explore a wide range of texts, including Antigone, "The Clerk's Tale," The Merchant of Venice, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Wuthering Heights, Madame Bovary, The Awakening, and The End of the Road.

Author Biography

Bernard J. Paris is the author of seven books, including Karen Horney: A Psychoanalyst's Search for Self-Understanding (selected by the New York Times as a Notable Book for 1994), and director of the International Karen Horney Society.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 1997
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
New York University Press
Pages
304
Dimensions
3895x5830x21
ISBN-13
9780814766552
Product ID
1832487

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