In this guide to cultural criticism, Arthur Asa Berger presents complex concepts in jargon-free language, making the book an ideal introductory text. It covers the key theorists, concepts, and subject areas, from literary, sociological and psychoanalytical theories of semiotics and Marxism. Berger brings cultural criticism to life by making these theories relevant to see students' lives. Illustrating his explanations with excerpts from classic works, Berger gives readers a sense of the style of important thinkers and helps place them in context. There is an extensive bibliography which will be an invaluable resource for those who wish to explore the topics in greater depth.
Chapter 5: Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Criticism
Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Criticism
In this chapter I will explain a number of the fundamental conceptions found in psychoanalytic theory, which is one of the most important methodologies used by cultural critics. My focus will be on the ideas of Sigmund Freud, but I will also deal with a number of concepts associated with Jungian analysis.
Psychoanalytic theory is, it must be said, extremely controversial; there are some scholars and critics who feel that Freudian, Jungian, and other psychoanalytic theories are absurd and have no relevance either to human beings or to cultural phenomena. On the other hand, Freudian thought, along with Jungian thought and the ideas of numerous other psychoanalytic thinkers, is used by a significant number of cultural critics ...