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Obsessive-compulsive disorder in Moby-Dick, l'Assommoir, and Buddenbrooks : interpreting novels through psychological categories

Author: Karen F Jacobson
Publisher: Lewiston, NY : Edwin Mellen Press, ©2005.
Series: Studies in comparative literature (Lewiston, N.Y.), v. 66.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Using the complex symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, this book reveals various insights about three of the most prominent novels of the last half of the 19th century: Herman Melville's  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Herman Melville; Émile Zola; Thomas Mann; Herman Melville; Émile Zola; Thomas Mann; Thomas Mann; Herman Melville; Emile Zola
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen F Jacobson
ISBN: 0773459839 9780773459830
OCLC Number: 61261335
Description: iv, 321 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface, i; Acknowledgments, v; Introduction: Chapter 1, 1; Coping with anxiety in the nineteenth century; Chapter 2, 11; Comprehending Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; The History of Obsessive-Disorder, 11 - 22; Factors Significant to OCD; Emotions, 22 - 28; Heredity and Environment, 28 - 34; The Influence of Social Values, 34 - 39; The Importance of Interpretation, 39 - 54; The Prevalence of OCD, 55 - 64; Thought Potency, 64 - 69; Ritual and Superstition in OCD, 70 - 73; Insight, 73 - 77; Control, 77 - 85; Chapter 3, 87; Powerlessness on the Open Seas; Melville's biography, 87 - 98; Melville and philosophy, 98 - 108; Melville and psychology, 108 - 131; OCD in Moby-Dick, 131 - 153; Chapter 4, 155; Anxieties in the Paris Slums; Zola's biography, 156 - 159; Zola and psychology, 159 - 169; Zola and science, 169 - 176; Anxiety and OCD in L'Assommoir, 176 - 201. Chapter 5, 203; Battling Obsession in the German Business World; Mann's biography, 205 - 219; Mann and psychology, 219 - 225; Mann and philosophy/religion, 226 - 238; Anxiety disorders in Buddenbrooks, 238 - 252; Anxiety, death, and control, 252 - 263; A psychological study of the characters with special attention to OCD, 263 - 300; Chapter 6, 301; Trying to Seize Control; Bibliography, 317; Index, 325.
Series Title: Studies in comparative literature (Lewiston, N.Y.), v. 66.
Responsibility: Karen F. Jacobson.

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