Alfred de Musset | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Alfred de Musset.
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SOURCE: Hamilton, James F. “Reversed Polarities in the Nuits: Anatomy of a Cure.” Nineteenth-Century French Studies 20, nos. 1-2 (fall-winter 1991-92): 65-73.

In the following essay, Hamilton offers a psychoanalytic reading of Musset's Les nuits as poems based on the polarity of projected ego and anima.

Musset structures his series of lyrical poems as a dialogue between the Muse and the Poet and, in one instance, between the implied poet and his alter ego, “qui me ressemblait comme un frère.”1 The two voices or roles in the poems are linked with Musset's “duality of temperament.”2 In the Nuits, personality and biography lend themselves to his romantic technique of dédoublement, the projected splitting of self and the feeling that one contains dual and usually opposed identities.3 Polarity in the Nuits (1835-37) arises from the emotional aftermath of Musset's two-year love affair with George Sand that ended in March...

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