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The Ancient Unconscious: Psychoanalysis and the Ancient Text

Vered Lev Kenaan


Commonly understood as a modern conceptual invention rather than the discovery of a psychic reality, the notion of the unconscious is often criticized by traditional classicists as an anachronistic lens, one that ineluctably subjects ancient experience to modern patterns of thought. The book challenges this ambivalent theoretical disposition toward the psychoanalytic concept by offering an interpretation of the unconscious, explaining why this concept is in fact inseparable from, and crucial for, the study of the ancient text and more generally for the methodology of classical philology. The b ... More

Keywords: unconscious, antiquity, classical studies, Freud, psychoanalysis, comparative literature, Oedipus complex, dreams, anachronism, Erich Auerbach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827795
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827795.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vered Lev Kenaan, author
Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, University of Haifa