LIONEL TRILLING. “FREUD AND LITERATURE. In discovering the unconscious, Freud inspired by zeitgeist created by: 17thth century philosophers. Trilling was an American literary critic and teacher who brought psychological, sociological, and philosophical methods and insights into. For the Trilling of “Freud and Literature,” himself, says Trilling —is “the .. Freud and Literature By Lionel Trilling The Language of Pundits.

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Psychoanalytical theory had a great impact on literature. This opposition is also useful in clarifying the role of cultural criticism that Trilling practiced: It can do nothing towards elucidating the artistic gift.

The mind in one of its parts could work without logic. Freud tried to show that poetry is indigenous to the very constitution of the mind.

The audience partly determines the value of a work. Laymen may expect too much from psychoanalysis. The Liberal ImaginationBeyond Culture: You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish trillng contribution by keeping a few points in mind. It promotes the social sharing of highly valued emotional experience. Contemporary Thinkers – Biography of Lionel Trilling.

A Passage to IndiaE. The practical and effective way of the conscious self. Ltierature is something beyond this. This point is very important — S. What is the secret of the magical appeal of the play? However he never based his criticism on any one system of thought. The Liberal ImaginationBeyond Culture: We have no quarrel with the assumptions of Jones. Schopenhauer and Nietzsche anticipated his ideas.


Why Hamlet did not avenge the murder of his father? He feels that in cases of war neurosis — shell shock- the patient recollects the experience with utmost anguish. Forsteras well as collections of literary essays: Anr More in these related Britannica articles: Assa Singh 19 December at He is an inextricable tangle of culture and biology.

Next Trilling speaks about the influences on Freud —. Mind is seen as a poetry-making organ. The terror we experience when we see the bleeding sightless eyes of Oedipus has little cathartic function. Literary CriticismLiterary Theory. Thank you for your feedback.

Lionel Trilling

He always remained loyal, like E. Keep Exploring Britannica Voltaire. Lawrence and Franz Kafka, Yeats and Eliot, Joyce and Proust, Mann and Conrad —offered a subversive attitude towards the basic tenets of liberal democracy.

The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. The Romantics believed in the hidden thing in the human soul.

Trilling returned to Freud throughout his career, with many important contributions such as his Freud Anniversary Lecture presented at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society called Freud and the Crisis of Our Culture ; in this essay Trilling argues among many other things, that literature is fundamentally subversive, since its function is to make litearture aware not only of human particularity, but also ethical authority when combating cultural and societal stultification.


Changes in the historical mood and changes in the personal mood change the meaning of a work of art. Trilling was an American literary critic and teacher who brought psychological, sociological, and philosophical methods and insights into criticism.

Ernest Jones and the mystery of Hamlet. This was an academic who would powerfully and publicly favour Freud over Marx during the early years of the Cold War, facilitating shifts in attitude and methodology in the humanities.

Key Theories of Lionel Trilling | Literary Theory and Criticism

Please try again later. Essays on Literature and Society — that essentially made his name. His attitude to criticism was similar to that of Matthew Arnold: