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James Boswell, Psychological Interpretations Donald J. Newman

James Boswell, Psychological Interpretations

Donald J. Newman

Published October 1st 2000
ISBN : 9780312121426
Paperback
222 pages
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James Boswell: Psychological Interpretations brings the insights of modern psychological and psychoanalytic theories to bear on the paradoxical tensions in Boswells life and thus explicates a personality that seems to defy rational explanation.MoreJames Boswell: Psychological Interpretations brings the insights of modern psychological and psychoanalytic theories to bear on the paradoxical tensions in Boswells life and thus explicates a personality that seems to defy rational explanation. Drawing from an array of theoretical perspectives, the writers in this volume investigate Boswells contradictions to reveal the hidden logic of psychic conflict and suggest ways in which these tensions manifested themselves in the biographers work. As much attention is given to Boswells less-celebrated works as to the London Journal and The Life of Johnson. Essays include the effect of Boswells early reading of The Spectator on his desire to become a writer, the impact on his sense of identity of Rasselas, and the psychological dynamics of his relationships with the demanding Lord Auchinleck and the domineering Samuel Johnson.