The Narcissus Theme from «Fin de Siècle» to Psychoanalysis: Crisis of the Modern Self by Niclas Johansson

The Narcissus Theme from «Fin de Siècle» to Psychoanalysis: Crisis of the Modern Self

byNiclas Johansson

Kobo ebook | March 9, 2017

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The story of Narcissus, who falls in love with his own image in a spring, has fascinated writers and thinkers ever since Ovid first gave poetical form to the myth in his Metamorphoses. This study systematically investigates the elaborations of the theme at the turn of the century around 1900. It argues that a sense of crisis in the modern foundation of selfhood explains the heightened interest in Narcissus during this period.

The book investigates three different aspects of the theme: as a symbol of a poetic apotheosis of the self in French Symbolism; as a narrative of a dissolving self in English, Austrian and French decadent literature; and as the concept of narcissism in sexology and psychoanalysis, where self-love provides an instinctual foundation of the self.

Title:The Narcissus Theme from «Fin de Siècle» to Psychoanalysis: Crisis of the Modern SelfFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 9, 2017Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3631709358

ISBN - 13:9783631709351

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