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Crimes of Passion by Scott Spector, Japhet Johnstone, Oliver Böni

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Anna Katharina Schaffner (Kent)

Sexology and Literature

On the Uses and Abuses of Fiction

It is well known that Freud mined the literary field for representations of what he considered symbolically potent universal and timeless human conflicts. He modeled some of his most important theoretical constructions upon findings from literary texts – the Oedipus complex, narcissism and his conception of the uncanny are the most obvious examples. What is less frequently discussed is that he also drew significantly on sexological writings by his predecessors in the field, most importantly Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Alfred Binet, Havelock Ellis and Iwan Bloch.93 Like Freud, these pioneers of the scientific study of sex also make extensive use of literary ...

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