Fairy Tales and Freud

Exploring Psychoanalysis in Children's Literature

Unrealised Potential in The Jolly Corner

Brydon's house on the Jolly Corner, filled with unique and spiritual feminine touches, shows its owner the truth about his performative gender.


Fear of the Female Form: Psychoanalysis in Matilda

Unmarried, unloved and undesirable, does Trunchbull harbour a secret desire to harm the children she couldn't have?

Fear of the Oriental ‘Other’ in The Monkey’s Paw

Herbert brings about his own death in only three wishes using a cursed monkey's paw.

Homoerotic Desire in The New Pass

Homoerotic desire and the stirrings of 'the primitive Adam' rear from the mountain pass in Amelia Edwards' classic ghost story.

Repressed Incestuous Desire in The Empty House

Deeply repressed incestuous desire and the buried psyche are at the heart of The Empty House.

The Haunted ‘New Woman’ in Man Size in Marble

Laura exists within the transitional period of the Fin de Si├Ęcle, where the windows and doors of her home are flung wide open to new womanhood.

Trauma and compulsive repetition in The Signal Man

In The Signal Man, Charles Dickens finds expression for his anxiety through repetition, silence and uncanny doubling.

Finding Wonderland: Psychoanalysis in Alice in Wonderland

A dark descent, psychosexual imagery and lack of identity. This is the real Alice in Wonderland.

A prolonged silence: Psychoanalysis in The Little Mermaid

When does infatuation slip in to obsession? Maybe when you're willing to give up your voice for the one you desire...

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