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Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. George M. Johnson
    Pages 1-15
  3. George M. Johnson
    Pages 16-44
  4. George M. Johnson
    Pages 45-68
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 211-240

About this book


Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction argues that literary critics have tended to distort the impact of pre-Freudian psychological discourses, including psychical research, on Modern British Fiction. Psychoanalysis has received undue attention over a more typical British eclecticism, embraced by now-forgotten figures including Frederic Myers and William McDougall. This project focuses on the Edwardian novelists most fully engaged by dynamic psychology, May Sinclair, and J.D. Beresford, but also reconsiders Arnold Bennett and D.H. Lawrence. The book concludes by demonstrating Woolf's subtle assimilation of pre-Freudian discourse.


David Herbert Lawrence English literature fiction Great Britain Hysteria psyche psychoanalysis psychology realism Research in English and American Literature Romanticism The Unconscious Virginia Woolf William McDougall

About the authors

GEORGE M. JOHNSON is Associate Professor of English at the Cariboo University College in British Columbia, Canada. He has edited three volumes of the Dictionary of Literary Biography on Modern British Novelists, and in 1998 published the first full-length study of J.D. Beresford. He has recently completed a mystery novel, The Absence of Freud, about a clash between late-Victorian working-class hypnotists and psychical researchers.

Bibliographic information


'For scholars of British literary modernism, who focus on theories of the unconsious, selfhood and narrative, Dynamic Psychology is essential reading.' - Michael Lackey, Studies in the Novel

'...this study should receive serious consideration for two reasons: as a reassessment of the role psychical research played in the development of both modern psychology and modern literature and as a call for the renewed appreciation of neglected authors like Bennett, Beresford, and especially Sinclair.' - Andrew Kunka, Modern Fiction Studies