American writers in the 1830’s and 1840’s felt the need for a new terminology to express their awakening perception of "new" aspects of the mind. Without words like the "unconscious" vast areas of the psyche would have remained unexpressed and thus unapproachable. This "discovery" of the unconscious constitutes to the theme of this study, which was first published in 1987. This title will be of interest to students of literary theory.
Table of Contents
Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; 1. Discovering the Unconscious 2. Heart of Light or Heart of Darkness: Romantic Organicism and Psychic Energy 3. Projective and Interpretive Form 4. Sublimation: The Psychological Dialectic of Nature 5. Circumscribing the Mind 6. Emerson’s "Philosophy of History" and Jungian Psychology 7. Interpreting the Self 8. Aspects of Power: Toward a Phenomenology of the Self 9. Masks of Dionysius: Enthusiasm and Inflation in the 19th Century 10. Deconstruction and Reconstruction; Bibliography