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Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children's Literature
Children’s literature has spent decades on the psychiatrist’s couch, submitting to psychoanalysis by scores of scholars and popular writers alike. Freud in Oz turns the tables, suggesting that psychoanalysts owe a significant and largely unacknowledged debt to books ostensibly written for children. In fact, Kenneth B. Kidd argues, children’s literature and psychoanalysis h ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by University Of Minnesota Press
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Dec 18, 2013 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Children's lit. or Psychology
Admittedly I have no idea how I came across this book. I was searching for a reference concerning Advanced Child Psychology and the title caught my attention. Upon quickly skimming through, so far, I have been confronted with comparing Freud's "The Sexual Curiosities of Children" (1908) to Chapter 7 of A. A Milne's Winnie the Pooh, and have stumbled on an entire chapter entitled "Maurice Sendak and Picturebook Psychology." Needless to say, the subject matter is ridiculously interesting for anyon ...more
A marriage of psychology and children's literary criticism which posits the symbiotic relationship between the two fields. I had to read this for a college class. Kidd looks at both genres of children's literature: trauma fiction, picture books, and fairy tales; and specific texts: the Pooh novels, the Oz series, Alice in Wonderland, and The Catcher in the Rye. It is not a textbook and I did find it interesting and worth the time it takes to read (it is only 205 pages), but I wouldn't take it to ...more