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Freud's Mahābhārata

Author: Alf Hiltebeitel
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book presents several new ways that Freud's work enlivens interpretation of the whole Mahabharata and its vernacular retellings. It takes Freud's 'The 'Uncanny'' as an entrée. Drawing on work of the French psychoanalyst André Green, it shows how the epic's main story from beginning to end follows the 'depressive posture' of the 'dead mother complex.' And it pursues Freud's point in Moses and Monotheism that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Sigmund Freud; Sigmund Freud; Sigmund Freud; Sigmund Freud
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alf Hiltebeitel
ISBN: 9780190878337 0190878339
OCLC Number: 1049574138
Description: xxii, 298 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Freud's "The 'Uncanny'" and The Mahābhārata --
A short introduction to Freud's Mahābhārata through the Pāṇḍavas' Mother Kunti --
Two-times-three dead mother texts: dead mothers and nascent goddesses --
Uncanny domesticities: nascent goddesses in the Mahābhārata --
Kālī and Arāvan̲-Kūttāṇṭavar: rethinking Bose's Oedipus mother --
Moses and Monotheism and the Mahābhārata: trauma, loss of memory, and the return of the repressed.
Responsibility: Alf Hiltebeitel.

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Though Freud never overtly refers to the Mahabharata, many of the Sanskrit epic's themes are illuminated by Freud's thought and, conversely, many incidents in the epic can be used to illustrate  Read more...

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