Introduction to the Psychoanalysis of Mallarme

Introduction to the Psychoanalysis of Mallarme

Introduction to the Psychoanalysis of Mallarme

Introduction to the Psychoanalysis of Mallarme

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Though the Introduction to the Psychoanalysis of Mallarmé was written in French ten years ago, it is still, in my opinion, scientifically valid, and that is why I have authorized its translation. Indeed, it is made up not of mere impressions or personal interpretations but of objective results, uncontested as to the essentials and -- doubtless more important -- as to the method which led to these results. As this method has developed, it has laid the basis for what I have called "psychocriticism," and even "comparative psychocriticism." Slowly, experimentally, we are beginning to understand what creative imagination is. Since I have never ceased to study Mallarmé as well as other writers and artists, I should now like to complete my study of Mallarmé by drawing the reader's attention to a number of new works of research and their contributions. In chapter 8 I shall analyze the works of Mallarmé's youth which have been published since 1949. The introduction I shall reserve for the examination of questions of methodology.

First, a bit of history. The ideas contained in L'Introduction à la psychanalyse de Mallarmé have had a curious fate. They sprang from the application of a method to given materials, and these two elements must be dealt with separately.

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