Janet Malcolm | Critical Review by Pamela Erens

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Janet Malcolm.
This section contains 3,827 words
(approx. 13 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Review by Pamela Erens

Critical Review by Pamela Erens

SOURCE: Erens, Pamela. “Flirting with the Past.” New England Review 15, no. 3 (summer 1993): 212-19.

In the following review, Erens appraises the essays in The Purloined Clinic, noting that Malcolm urges readers to uncover truths by exposing falsehoods.

Janet Malcolm has a rare talent: She is able to write about psychoanalysis in language that cats and dogs can read, without distorting or diluting its complexity, its mystery or its pleasures. The books she published in the early 1980s, Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession and In the Freud Archives, both of which first appeared as articles in The New Yorker, plucked psychoanalytic thought from the pages of professional journals and collections of literary theory and returned it to public discourse, reforging its connections with the ordinary stuff of life: desire, memory, morality, mortality.

To Malcolm, psychoanalysis is not simply a...

(read more)

This section contains 3,827 words
(approx. 13 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Review by Pamela Erens
Follow Us on Facebook