Prophetic Reading: Sisterhood and Psychoanalysis in H.D.’s HERmione

Emmett, Hilary (2017) Prophetic Reading: Sisterhood and Psychoanalysis in H.D.’s HERmione. Comparative American Studies, 14 (3-4). pp. 261-276. ISSN 1477-5700

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Abstract

This article offers a comparative reading of H.D.’s 1927 kunstlerroman à clef, HERmione, and Freud’s Dora alongside an intertextual close reading of its dense web of literary allusions in order to argue that it offers a sustained critique of Freudian psychoanalysis and an alternative origin story for the condition of hysteria. Drawing on the notion of prophecy as it is thematised in the novel, the article demonstrates H.D.’s prefiguring of Juliet Mitchell’s recent reconfiguration of hysteria as a response to, replacement by, or failure of identification with a sibling.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hysteria ,psychoanalysis ,siblings ,classicism ,philomel
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > American Studies
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2016 00:01
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 01:14
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/61593
DOI: 10.1080/14775700.2016.1267324

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