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Freud's Mahābhārata

Alf Hiltebeitel


This book has a three-part structure, with the first and last chapters being the first and third parts, respectively. Chapter 1 examines Freud’s essay “The ‘Uncanny,’ ” and works back from it to the Mahābhārata as we see what Freud had in mind as “uncanny.” The chapter thus offers a pointillistic introduction to a promissory Freud’s Mahābhārata, one in which many points get fuller treatment in later chapters. Chapters 2 through 5 are a medley of post-Freudian readings of Mahābhārata scenes, themes, and episodes. These are viewed through the lenses of authors who are sympathetic with Freud, the ... More

Keywords: Sigmund Freud, Mahābhārata, “The ‘Uncanny, ’ ” Girindrasekhar Bose, Moses and Monotheism, unconscious trauma, Unburdening of the Earth myth, second urbanization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190878337
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190878337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alf Hiltebeitel, author
Professor of Religion, George Washington University