The Monk | Elliot B. Gose, Jr.

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of The Monk.
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Elliot B. Gose, Jr.

SOURCE: "The Monk" in Imagination Indulged: The Irrational in the Nineteenth-Century Novel, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1972, pp. 27-40.

In the following essay, Gose undertakes a psychoanalytic survey of The Monk, noting its "unresolved tensions" of "sexual conflict, violated taboos, and self-destructive impulses."

According to Freud we must look behind conscious daydreaming, as well as behind unconscious sleep dreaming, for keys to the unsatisfied primitive desires of the self.1 According to Jung, when investigatingsuch fantasy, we sometimes find ourselves in the presence of a vision that transcends the bounds of the immediate self and its limitations.2 If we admit the premise of either theory, we are likely to find ourselves approaching fiction as something other than literature. We may if we wish search a novel for keys to the author's psychological problems, or for certain archetypes, universal "superhuman" types, or character relations. But if...

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