On the contrary, in its postmodernist form, psychoanalysis
is a highly compelling, relational account of intraindividual diversity.
In an effort to provide some interconnections, the collection is divided into four sections grouped around the topics of psychoanalysis
and the future of cultural criticism, collectivity, the author, and sexuality.
This prologue leads into the first chapter where the sequence of events in Jones' life leads circuitously into the world of psychoanalysis
His book Minding Spirituality (2004) was a tour de force in the conversation between psychoanalysis
and religion and was critically acclaimed by both religious and secular clinicians.
Without placing psychoanalysis
as an overreaching explanation, the first section of the book sets it up as a useful tool that is inextricably part of modern identity.
was "so strongly embedded in all this" that its basic feature--"the art of the healing dialogue"--became unrecognizable.
The age was the postwar period, filled with anxiety, shocked by the atom bomb, changed by machines, immersed in Freudian theory and psychoanalysis
, swinging with improvisational jazz.
Even for those not predisposed to endorse psychoanalytic approaches to literary texts, an inherent compatibility between psychoanalysis
and Renaissance literature is hard to deny, as evidenced by Regina Schwartz and Valeria Finucci's neat summary of Sigmund Freud's fascination with the Renaissance: "Exploring homosexuality, Freud turned to Leonardo da Vinci; inquiring into identification and art, he went to Michelangelo; studying the creative process, he cited Ariosto; ruminating on the compulsion to repeat, he examined Tasso; focusing on mourning and melancholia, he went to Shakespeare's Hamlet; and investigating gender relations, he turned to the stories of daughters and fathers in The Merchant of Venice and King Lear." (1)
There is something uncanny at the heart of psychoanalysis
I believe his interest in Freud was because psychoanalysis
knew the limits of reason, yet Freud wanted to found a science.
, a theory altogether concerned with stories told about the past, has its own developed historiography, which is skeptical of certainties, alert to layered and redoubled meanings, and interested in the implications of transference, while accepting of the unfolding nature of discourse.