Sixty years have passed since then but Freud's essay is still useful, filled with brilliant insights that have proved quite influential, even among those scholars who do not accept his theory about the nature of Dostoevsky's epilepsy. Were it not for Freud, we would still be examining each of these strands separately, unable to see how they are all interwoven. Freud's achievement is all the more remarkable since his knowledge of Dostoevsky's life was based on whatever facts he could pick up in German in the 's. There is some evidence that he did not know all that was available in German. Aware of the limitations of his source material he took pains to qualify his arguments: "We cannot be completely certain on this point

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Dostoevsky and Parricide. Apr 24, Nikusha rated it really liked it. He landed in the retrograde position of submission both to the temporal and spiritual authority, of veneration both for the Tsar and for the God of the Christians, and of a narrow Russian nationalism - a position which lesser minds have reached with smaller effort.

Dostoevsky threw away the chance of becoming a teacher and liberator of humanity and made himself one with their gaolers. If the father was hard, violent and cruel, the super-ego takes over those attributes from him and, in the relations between the ego and it, the passivity which was supposed to have been repressed is re-established. The super-ego has become sadistic, and the ego becomes masochistic-that is to say, at bottom passive in a feminine way. A great need for punishment develops in the ego, which in part offers itself as a victim to Fate, and in part finds satisfaction in ill-treatment by the super-ego that is, in the sense of guilt.

For every punishment is ultimately castration and, as such, a fulfillment of the old passive attitude towards the father. Even Fate is, in the last resort, only a projection of the father. For the ego the death symptom is a satisfaction in phantasy of the masculine wish and at the same time a masochistic satisfaction; for the super-ego it is a punitive satisfaction-that is, a sadistic satisfaction.

Both of them, the ego and the super-ego, carry on the role of the father. Feb 27, Bookfreak rated it really liked it. Freud psychoanalyzing Dostoevsky through his works and more specifically "The Karamazov Brothers". A very intriguing study showing the sources and limits of the dostoevkian work, although some of Freud's conclusions seem to be based on assumptions rather than mere facts a critique that psychoanysis faces all the time I guess.

For another time I really enjoyed Freud's writing and the unfolding of his arguments. Apr 12, Francesca Corsetti rated it it was amazing. Freud analizza Dostoevskij dei fratelli Karamazov in quattro diversi aspetti: lo scrittore, il nevrotico, il moralista e il peccatore. Sep 18, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: sigmund-freud. I've never read about Dostoevsky's personality from Freud's perspective, I mean how he elaborate Dostoevsky's novels and personality is so powerful and logical I just can say this is a must-read book!

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Readers also enjoyed. About Sigmund Freud. Sigmund Freud. Sigismund Freud later changed to Sigmund was a neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential—and controversial—minds of the 20th century. In , Freud began to study medicine at the University of Vienna.

After graduating, he worked at the Vienna General Hospital Dr. After graduating, he worked at the Vienna General Hospital. He collaborated with Josef Breuer in treating hysteria by the recall of painful experiences under hypnosis. In , Freud went to Paris as a student of the neurologist Jean Charcot. On his return to Vienna the following year, Freud set up in private practice, specialising in nervous and brain disorders. The same year he married Martha Bernays, with whom he had six children.

Freud developed the theory that humans have an unconscious in which sexual and aggressive impulses are in perpetual conflict for supremacy with the defences against them.

In , he began an intensive analysis of himself. In , his major work 'The Interpretation of Dreams' was published in which Freud analysed dreams in terms of unconscious desires and experiences. In , Freud was appointed Professor of Neuropathology at the University of Vienna, a post he held until Although the medical establishment disagreed with many of his theories, a group of pupils and followers began to gather around Freud.

In , the International Psychoanalytic Association was founded with Carl Jung , a close associate of Freud's, as the president. Jung later broke with Freud and developed his own theories. After World War One, Freud spent less time in clinical observation and concentrated on the application of his theories to history, art, literature and anthropology. In , he published 'The Ego and the Id', which suggested a new structural model of the mind, divided into the 'id, the 'ego' and the 'superego'.

In , the Nazis publicly burnt a number of Freud's books. Freud had been diagnosed with cancer of the jaw in , and underwent more than 30 operations. He died of cancer on 23 September Books by Sigmund Freud. As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of young ad Read more Trivia About Dostoevsky and Pa No trivia or quizzes yet. Welcome back.

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Dostoevsky and parricide pdf goes further to suggest, 'Dostoevsky was drawn to it with fascination and horror, it represented the ultimate crime and source of guilt. Karamazovs alone is not FD. Neither involved in this discussion incl. However, Freud has always been very dostoevsky and parricide pdf thinker whose influence is not just in literary criticism but also on the creative writers themselves. Breger states, 'Hysterical epilepsy' is a recognizable entity today; it appears in patients who mimic, or act out, seizures, almost always before an audience. There is a question as to whether Smerdyakov was actually Fyodor Karamazov's son, thus it is ambiguous to find this as fulfillment of the Oedipus complex. Clearly Dostoevsky's early family life laid the foundation for such interpretations.


Get ready, he counseled his French audience, here come the Scythians! Such extremes have made the Russian novelist a favorite subject of psychoanalytically oriented critics. In all three, moreover, the motive for the deed, sexual rivalry for a woman, is laid bare. From the point of view of a more rigorously defined literary criticism, Freud provides here an example of what is wrong with the majority of psychoanalytic readings of literary texts. Louis Breger, a practicing psychoanalyst and a professor of psychoanalytic studies at the California Institute of Technology, is aware of this problem, and in his new book on Dostoevsky seeks to get around it by reaccentuating the typical object of Freudian readings. Such a shift in emphasis does provide Breger with some new things to say about Dostoevsky, as opposed to the predictable results of classical psychoanalytic readings. Among these is the idea that Dostoevsky was indeed conflicted about his parents, but that by far the most important of these was his mother, and not, as Freud would have it, his father.


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