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Author Tuman, Myron C., 1946-
Title The sensitive son and the feminine ideal in literature : writers from Rousseau to Roth / Myron Tuman.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2019]

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Author Tuman, Myron C., 1946-
Subject Mothers and sons in literature.
Male authors.
Description 1 online resource
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 14, 2019).
Contents Introduction -- Hector's helmet -- Getting started -- Roth, Proust, Freud, and Rousseau -- The adoring son in love, 1 -- Rousseau -- Another stolen ribbon -- Mozart and Kierkegaard -- The sorrows of a young son -- Goethe -- Pygmalion in love -- Bernard Shaw -- The narcissistic son -- Freud and da Vinci -- The masochist son -- Sacher-Masoch -- The uneasy son -- Fitzgerald and Lawrence -- The bachelor son -- Stendhal and Schopenhauer -- The sensitive son's midlife crisis -- Hazlitt and Rousseau -- The dutiful son -- Flaubert -- The adoring son in love, 2 -- Turgenev -- The sensitive son in old age -- Rousseau.
Summary This book considers major male writers from the last three centuries whose relation to a strong, often distant woman - one sometimes modeled on their own mother - forms the romantic core of their greatest narratives. Myron Tuman explores the theory that there is an underlying psychological type, the sensitive son, connecting these otherwise diverse writers. The volume starts and ends with Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose Confessions provides an early portrait of one such son. There are chapters on other adoring sons, Stendhal, Sacher-Masoch, Scott Fitzgerald, and Turgenev, as well as on sons like Bernard Shaw and D.H. Lawrence with a different, less affectionate psychological disposition toward women. This book demonstrates how, despite many differences, the best works of all these sensitive sons reflect the deep, contorted nature of their desire, a longing that often seems less for an actual woman than for an elusive feminine ideal.
ISBN 9783030157012 (electronic bk.)
3030157016 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1101101082