A Human Eye: Essays on Art in Society, 1997-2008 by Adrienne Rich

By Adrienne Rich

Throughout greater than 3 a long time Adrienne Rich’s essays were praised for his or her lucidity, braveness, and variety of matters. In A Human Eye, wealthy examines a various collection of writings and their position in earlier and current social issues and differences. past literary theories, she explores from many angles how the humanities of language have acted on and been formed via their creators’ worlds.

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And then, having established his ground on an entirely subjective literary judgment, Dr. " That is, all the contradictory or complicating or modifying testimony of the other plays is dismissed on the basis of Dr. Jones's acceptance of the peculiar position which, he believes, Hamlet occupies in the Shakespeare canon. And it is upon this quite inadmissible judgment that Dr. ) I should be sorry if it appeared that I am trying to say that psychoanalysis can have nothing to do with literature. I am sure that the opposite is so.

And always there is the profound interest in the dream— "Our dreams," said Gerard de Nerval, "are a second life"—and in the nature of metaphor, which reaches its climax in Rimbaud and the later Symbolists, metaphor becoming less and less communicative as it approaches the relative autonomy of the dream life. But perhaps we must stop to ask, since these are the components of the Zeitgeist from which Freud himself developed, whether it can be said that Freud did indeed produce a wide literary effect.

Yet there was, we know, a period when Hamlet was relatively in eclipse, and it has always been scandalously true of the French, a people not without filial feeling, that they have been somewhat indifferent to the "magical appeal" of Hamlet. I do not think that anything I have said about the inadequacies of the Freudian method of interpretation limits the number of ways we can deal with a work of art. Bacon remarked that experiment may twist nature on the rack to wring out its secrets, and criticism may use any instruments upon a work of art to find its meanings.

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