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George Eliot—Proto-Psychoanalyst

George Eliot—Proto-Psychoanalyst The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 59, No. 3, 7999 Carl T. Rotenberg Was she beautiful or not beautiful? . . . Was the good or evil genius dominant in those beams? —Daniel Deronda, Ch. 1 "I wonder whether one oftener learns to love real objects through their representations, or the representation through the real objects," he said. —Daniel Deronda, Ch. 35 GEORGE ELIOT AND FREUD While reading George Eliot's fiction, particularly Daniel Deronda (1876), I was impressed by similarities between George Eliot and Freud and began to wonder if Freud had been influenced by Eliot in some way. There is no evidence of their ever having met, but both were powerful proponents of the healing power of human relationships. Indeed, Daniel Deronda, pub- lished when Freud was twenty-two years old, describes a relationship be- tween its protagonists that in many ways prefigures brief psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy. Investigation has revealed that Freud was in fact an admirer of George Eliot. It is well known that he was a voracious reader in several languages, including English. In 1875, his father sent him to England to reward his academic success in the gymnasium. At this time, George Eliot's fame was at http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

George Eliot—Proto-Psychoanalyst

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 59 (3) – Oct 16, 2004

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 by Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1023/A:1021413526617
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Abstract

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 59, No. 3, 7999 Carl T. Rotenberg Was she beautiful or not beautiful? . . . Was the good or evil genius dominant in those beams? —Daniel Deronda, Ch. 1 "I wonder whether one oftener learns to love real objects through their representations, or the representation through the real objects," he said. —Daniel Deronda, Ch. 35 GEORGE ELIOT AND FREUD While reading George Eliot's fiction, particularly Daniel Deronda (1876), I was impressed by similarities between George Eliot and Freud and began to wonder if Freud had been influenced by Eliot in some way. There is no evidence of their ever having met, but both were powerful proponents of the healing power of human relationships. Indeed, Daniel Deronda, pub- lished when Freud was twenty-two years old, describes a relationship be- tween its protagonists that in many ways prefigures brief psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy. Investigation has revealed that Freud was in fact an admirer of George Eliot. It is well known that he was a voracious reader in several languages, including English. In 1875, his father sent him to England to reward his academic success in the gymnasium. At this time, George Eliot's fame was at

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 16, 2004

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