George MacDonald, Julia Kristeva, and the Black Sun

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Author: William N. Gray
Date: Autumn 1996
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Document Type: Article
Length: 7,457 words

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George MacDonald's 'Phantastes: A Faerie Romance' easily lends itself to critical appraisals from the psychological perspective, such as Robert Lee Wolff's and Edmund Cusick's. Several critics have also cited 'Phantastes' in their works on literature and psychology. Julia Kristeva, for one, links the 19th-century novel to her 'Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia.' Kristeva's analysis is based on Freudian principles, rather than on a Jungian reading to which 'Phantastes' seem more accessible.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A19175038