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Analysing the Analyst: Lawrence's Clash with Freud

Fernihough Anne

in D. H. Lawrence

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670770 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112358.003.0004
Analysing the Analyst: Lawrence's Clash with Freud

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During the period 1913–1918, D. H. Lawrence was preoccupied with various anthropological works. During the same period, Sigmund Freud had been concerning himself, in his 1915 paper ‘The Unconscious’, with the ‘aboriginal population’ inhabiting what he would later call, in his New Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis (1933), the ‘internal foreign territory’ of the mind. Freud likened his researches, in a well-known analogy, to the unearthing of the long-buried relics of Pompeii. For Freud, Pompeii's destruction denotes cure, an unearthing of the repressed wishes that have been causing the patient's neurosis or hysteria. For Lawrence, the image of plundered tombs would, one suspects, have had a very different resonance. In 1921, Lawrence published his bitter indictment of Freud. It is then necessary to ask why Lawrence was so hostile towards Freudian theory.

Keywords: D. H. Lawrence; Sigmund Freud; analogy; Pompeii; repressed wishes; neurosis; hysteria; Freudian theory; anthropology

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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