LIONEL TRILLING FREUD AND LITERATURE PDF

What was his motive in pressing upon us the ineluctability of the pain and frustration of human existence? Freud, in insisting upon the essential immitigability of the human condition as determined by the nature of the mind, had the intention of sustaining the authenticity of human existence that formerly had been ratified by God. Like the Book of Job, it propounds and accepts the mystery and the naturalness of suffering…It is this authenticating imperative, irrational and beyond the reach of reason, that Freud wishes to preserve. Arnold exalted an elitist culture, and Trilling appears to pursue the same end through the route of psychodynamics: the rational and measured examination of the irrational structure of the mind, before which we stand in awe. Not coincidentally, literature comes out as the ideal way to do so.

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What was his motive in pressing upon us the ineluctability of the pain and frustration of human existence? Freud, in insisting upon the essential immitigability of the human condition as determined by the nature of the mind, had the intention of sustaining the authenticity of human existence that formerly had been ratified by God.

Like the Book of Job, it propounds and accepts the mystery and the naturalness of suffering…It is this authenticating imperative, irrational and beyond the reach of reason, that Freud wishes to preserve. Arnold exalted an elitist culture, and Trilling appears to pursue the same end through the route of psychodynamics: the rational and measured examination of the irrational structure of the mind, before which we stand in awe. Not coincidentally, literature comes out as the ideal way to do so.

Thus, one who only holds an appeal for the most refined of intellects. What does it offer for the rest of us? He seems to dismiss all forms of extreme and private individualism from Kierkegaard onwards. The book, which was composed in , concludes with an attack on the then-trendy but fading fast R. Laing and Norman O. Both paint our conscious minds as accepting the rulership of uncontrollable but quite fascinating internal forces.

Ironically, Jaynes painted schizophrenia as the modern manifestation of a reversion to the proclaimed bicameral condition, which implies that the gospel of Freud may eventually lead down a very nasty road indeed. Share this:.

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In , he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School , and, at age 16, entered Columbia University , thus beginning a lifelong association with the university. In he married Diana Rubin, and the two began a lifelong literary partnership. In he returned to Columbia to pursue his doctoral degree in English literature and to teach literature. He earned his doctorate in with a dissertation about Matthew Arnold that he later published. He was promoted to full professor in In , he was selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to deliver the first Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, described as "the highest honor the federal government confers for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

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Lionel Trilling

Lionel Trilling S. Sreekumar Trilling was an American literary critic and teacher who brought psychological, sociological, and philosophical methods and insights into criticism. His critical writings include studies of Matthew Arnold and E. Trilling maintained an interest in Freud and psychoanalysis throughout his career. However he never based his criticism on any one system of thought. He always remained loyal, like E.

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