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Freud in Oz – At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children's Literature - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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Freud in Oz: At the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children's Literature

Kenneth B. Kidd


Children’s literature has spent decades on the psychiatrist’s couch, submitting to psychoanalysis by scores of scholars and popular writers alike. This book turns the tables, suggesting that psychoanalysts owe a significant and largely unacknowledged debt to books ostensibly written for children. In fact, the text argues, children’s literature and psychoanalysis have influenced and interacted with each other since Freud published his first case studies. This book shows how psychoanalysis developed in part through its engagement with children’s literature, which it used to articulate and dramat ... More

Keywords: children’s literature, psychoanalysis, Freud, folklore, fairy tales, Peter Pan, Alice, psychoanalytical theory, picture books, young adult novels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816675821
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth B. Kidd, author