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Volume 2 Issue 3

August 2015

Psychoanalytical Approach to Literature: A Reconsideration
Mr. Paramvir Singh, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sarhali, 
Tarn Taran, Punjab, India
This paper traces the past and present of psychoanalytical approach to literature. Sigmund Freud was the pioneer in developing the ideas of psychoanalysis of an author and his works. His contemporaries, disciples and critics further developed the theory of psychoanalysis with the help of which literary or fictional issues involving characters, their behavior and actions, settings and symbols which baffled otherwise came to be better understood. If applied judiciously, it would reveal the latent and hidden meanings in a literary works. Its vertical character ensures provocative and fresh insights. The present study presents the nature and contribution of the psychoanalytical approach to literature and brings out its limitations as well. It depicts the changes in the approach that happened with the passage of time.
Psychoanalysis; Psychoanalytical Theory; Psyche; Characters; Unconscious.
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