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Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis: Ancient and Modern Stories of the Self

Vanda Zajko and Ellen O'Gorman


This book examines the inter-relationship of classical myth and psychoanalysis from the generation before Freud to the present day, engaging with debates about the reception of classical myth by modernity, the importance of psychoanalytic ideas for cultural critique, and its on-going relevance to ways of conceiving the self. The chapters trace the historical roots of terms in everyday usage, such as narcissism and the phallic symbol, and cover a variety of both classical and psychoanalytic texts.

Keywords: myth, psychoanalysis, freud, greece, rome, narrative, storytelling, reception

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656677
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656677.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vanda Zajko, editor
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol

Ellen O'Gorman, editor
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol

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1 Introduction

Vanda Zajko and Ellen O’Gorman

Part I Contexts for Freud

Part II Freud and Vergil

7 Freud’s Vergil

Gregory A. Staley

Part III Beyond the Canon

Part IV Myth as Narrative and Icon

Part V Reflexivity and Meta-Narrative

End Matter