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Author Scott, Jill, 1968-
Title Electra after Freud : myth and culture / Jill Scott.
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2005.

Author Scott, Jill, 1968-
Series Cornell studies in the history of psychiatry
Cornell studies in the history of psychiatry.
Subject Electra (Greek mythological figure) -- In literature.
German literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
German literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Psychoanalysis in literature.
Description 1 online resource (vii, 200 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-190) and index.
Contents Beyond tragic catharsis, Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Elektra -- Shakespeare's Electra, Heiner Muller's Hamletmaschine -- From pathology to performance, Hugo von Hofmannsthal's Elektra and Sigmund Freud's "Fraulein Anna O" -- Choreographing a cure, Richard Strauss's Elektra and the ironic waltz -- Oedipus endangered, Robert Musil's The man without qualities -- Resurrecting Electra's voice, H.D.'s A dead priestess speaks -- A poetics of survival, Sylvia Plath's Electra enactment -- Conclusion, Electra and the new millennium.
Summary "Almost everyone knows about Oedipus and his mother, and many readers would put the Oedipus myth at the forefront of Western collective mythology. In Electra after Freud, Jill Scott leaves that couple behind and argues convincingly for the primacy of the countermyth of Agamemnon and his daughter. Through a lens of Freudian and feminist psychoanalysis, this book views renderings of the Electra myth in twentieth-century literature and culture."
"Scott reads several pivotal texts featuring Electra to demonstrate what she calls "a narrative revolt" against the dominance of Oedipus as archetype. Situating the Electra myth within a framework of psychoanalysis, medicine, opera, and dance. Scott investigates the heroine's role at the intersections of history and the feminine, eros and thanatos, hysteria and melancholia. Scott analyzes Electra adaptations by H.D., Hofmannsthal and Strauss, Musil, and Plath and highlights key moments in the telling and reception of the Electra myth in the modern imagination"--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781501718328 (electronic bk.)
1501718320 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1042219989
Additional Format Print version: Scott, Jill, 1968- Electra after Freud. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2005 0801442613 (DLC) 2004023502 (OCoLC)56682673

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