By Kenneth B. Kidd

Children’s literature has spent many years at the psychiatrist’s sofa, filing to psychoanalysis through ratings of students and renowned writers alike. Freud in Oz turns the tables, suggesting that psychoanalysts owe an important and principally unacknowledged debt to books ostensibly written for kids. in truth, Kenneth B. Kidd argues, children’s literature and psychoanalysis have inspired and interacted with one another given that Freud released his first case studies.

In Freud in Oz, Kidd indicates how psychoanalysis constructed partly via its engagement with children’s literature, which it used to articulate and dramatize its topics and strategies, turning first to folklore and fairy stories, then to fabrics from psychoanalysis of youngsters, and thence to children’s literary texts, specifically such vintage fantasies as Peter Pan and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. He strains how children’s literature, and important reaction to it, aided the popularization of psychoanalytic thought. With expanding popularity of psychoanalysis got here new genres of children’s literature—known at the present time as photo books and younger grownup novels—that have been often shaped as mental of their kinds and functions.

Freud in oz. offers a historical past of reigning theories within the learn of children’s literature and psychoanalysis, supplying clean insights on a variety of themes, together with the view that Maurice Sendak and Bruno Bettelheim should be regarded as competitors, that Sendak’s makeover of monstrosity helped result in the likes of the Muppets, and that “Poohology” is its personal type of literary criticism—serving up Winnie the Pooh because the poster endure for theorists of broadly various stripes.

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