The Magus

Freud and Narrative Technique
  • Clive Bloom


Many critics have recognised the importance of literature in Freud’s work. Not only did Freud obtain many of his concepts from literary sources, but he more than once pointed out that creative writing had mapped the path that psychoanalysis would be required to follow.1


Case History Past Participle Creative Writer Indefinite Article Pleasure Principle 
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  1. 1.
    Other authors have hinted at this and documented the parallel influences between psychology and literature, see esp. Claudia C. Morrison, p. ix. See also Frederick J. Hoffman, Freudianism and the Literary Mind (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1957).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Sigmund Freud, ‘A Special Type of Object Choice made by Men’, The Standard Edition of the Complete Works of Sigmund Freud, edited by James Strachey, vol. 11 (London: Hogarth Press. [1910] 1955) pp. 165–75 (p. 165).Google Scholar
  3. 6.
    Philip Rieff, Freud: The Mind of the Moralist (Chicago University Press, 1979) p. 374.Google Scholar
  4. 12.
    Frank Sulloway, Freud: Biologist of the Mind (London: Fontana, 1980) p. 216.Google Scholar
  5. 20.
    Freud originally entitled his Moses and Monotheism a ‘novel’ for a discussion see Marthe Robert, Oedipus to Moses, translated by Ralph Mannheim (London; Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1977) p. 38.Google Scholar

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© Clive Bloom 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clive Bloom
    • 1
  1. 1.Middlesex PolytechnicUK

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