François Mauriac: Psycholectures/Psychoreadings

Edited by J.E. Flower

François Mauriac: Psycholectures/Psychoreadings

Edited by J.E. Flower

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

280 pages
Paper $70.00 ISBN: 9780859894272 Published January 1995 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
François Mauriac is one of France's most read and consistently studied modern writers. For more than a decade, Mauriac's work has been increasingly subjected to analyses drawing their inspiration in one way or another from psychology. Most of the essays in this collection are written from a psychobiographical or psychocritical viewpoint, drawing on the work of Freud, Marthe Robert, Klein, Lacan and Mauron. In some cases, they investigate recurrent themes, motifs or preoccupations in Mauriac's work as a whole; in others, they focus their attention on individual texts. Brought together, they indicate the richness of this kind of approach as well as of the material at which it is directed.
The essays are presented in the language of original composition (English or French) with a complete set of summaries in the alternate language in an appendix.


1. La Mére, personnage clé dans les romans de Mauriac (J. E. Flower)

2. La Paternité dans Le Noeud de vipéres et La Pharisienne de Mauriac (J. E. Flower)

3. Sens et signification du théme du Double dans les premiers romans de François Mauriac (Olivier Maison)

4. Sisters and Brother-sister Relationships in the Novels of François Mauriac (J. E. Flower)

5. Une Lecture du Sang d'Atys (Marc Quaghebeur)

6. Oedipal and Pre-Oedipal Elements in Thérèse Desqueyroux (William Kidd)

7. Thérèse Desqueyroux (Marc Quaghebeur)

8. Towards a Psychobiographical Study of Mauriac: the Case of Genitrix (J. E. Flower)

9. Mauriac's Revolutionary Phantasm: the textual unconscious in Genitrix (William Kidd)

10. Ce qui était perdu et la 'passion étrangère' (J. E. Flower)

11. Un Adolescent d'autrefois ou le roman d'Atys (Olivier Maison et J. E. Flower)

12. Drôles d'oiseaux (Le Mal de François Mauriac) (M-J. Bataille)

13. Censure et autocensure dans L'Agneau et dans Le Sagouin de Mauriac (Michel Malicet)

14. Lunettes freudiennes (Paul Croc)

15. Mauriac, Freud: l'absence d'une conjonction de coordination (M-C. Praicheux)

16. Le Noeud gordien: Mauriac et la psychanalyse (M-J. Bataille)
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