Criminal Insanity and Hypersensibility in Edgar Allan Poe

By Sueli Meira Liebig.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This investigation aims at approximating events, passages, quotations and points of view found in several of Poe’s works to the personal blows suffered by him during his brief life time. With this perspective, the research finds theoretical support in the later writings of Sigmund Freud about hysteria (1895), id (1900-1914), ego, and superego (1914/1939) in a study published in 1920 by L. A. Pruette entitled “A Psycho-Analytical Study of Edgar Allen [sic] Poe” and in both Jacques Lacan’s dual relationships theory, and of the self as an instance of alienation (1958).
Approaching the works of these psychoanalysts through a literary lineage and contextualizing them in their spiritual universe is not a procedure chosen at random. It allows us to investigate the restrictive scientific vein of such endeavor, highlighting the creative vertices of psychoanalysis, narrowing the kinship that this science maintains with artistic production, while permitting equally the emergence of the fictional character, creator of realities and inherent to the psychoanalytic being.

Keywords: American Literature, Edgar Allan Poe, Psychoanalysis, Hysteria

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.425-436. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 628.112KB).

Dr. Sueli Meira Liebig

Pprofessor, Department of Education and Arts, The Humanities Center, Universidade Estadual da Paraíba (UEPB), Campina Grande, Brazil

Sueli Meira Liebig has a PhD in Literary Studies,Comparative Literature from the- Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)/UGA University of Georgia in Athens, U.S.A. She works both in undergraduate and post-graduate courses at UEPB and is interested in the areas of Anglo-American Literature, Afro-Brazilian and Afro-American literature, as well as in post-colonial studies, multiculturalism, and semiothics. she has published three books and organized three more, besides publishing several articles and essays both in Brazil and abroad.


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