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Introduction

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Abstract

A tale of telepathic healing gone astray, May Sinclair’s “The Flaw in the Crystal” (1912) dramatically interrogates the boundaries between self and other:

In the process of getting at Harding to heal him [Agatha] had had to destroy, not only the barriers of flesh and blood, but those innermost walls of personality that divide and protect, mercifully, one spirit from another. With the first thinning of the walls Harding’s insanity had leaked through to her, with the first breach it had broken in. (“Flaw” 176)

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Literary History Magical Thinking Literary Discourse Dynamic Psychology Fiction Writer 
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    See, for example, Christie’s “The Hound of Death” and “The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Carmichael”, both of which conflate psychology and “the occult sciences” (Agatha Christie, The Golden Ball and Other Stories. 1924. New York: Berkeley, 1984: 136).Google Scholar
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    Several psychologists followed Woodworth’s lead, including John Thomson Maccurdy (Problems in Dynamic Psychology. A Critique of psychoanalysis and suggested formulations. Cambridge: University Press, 1923).Google Scholar
  4. Thomas Verner Moore (Dynamic Psychology. An Introduction to Modern Psychological Theory and Practice. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1924).Google Scholar
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    As early as 1916, Alfred Booth Kuttner wrote a “Freudian Appreciation” of Sons and Lovers..Google Scholar
  6. Daniel Weiss, Oedipus in Nottingham: D.H. Lawrence (1962).Google Scholar
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