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defence mechanism

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

(di-fenss)

the means whereby an undesirable impulse can be avoided or controlled. Defence mechanisms include repression, projection, reaction formation, sublimation, and splitting.

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desublimation

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

Herbert Marcuse's term for the process whereby art (in the strictest sense) is rendered banal and powerless. In One-Dimensional Man (1964), his million-selling account of the changes to...

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Harold Bloom

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(1930– ),

American critic, born in New York and educated at Cornell and Yale. He has spent his working life as a Yale professor, specializing in the Romantic literary tradition, as...

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oral-aggressive character

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

In psychoanalysis, a personality type resulting from fixation (2) at the oral sadistic phase and sublimation of the impulses of that phase in later life. It is characterized by...

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psychoanalytic criticism

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

A form of literary interpretation that employs the terms of psychoanalysis (the unconscious, repression, the Oedipus complex, etc.) in order to illuminate aspects of literature in its...

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