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Strange Dislocations

Childhood and the Idea of Human Interiority

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$56.00 • £44.95 • €50.50

ISBN 9780674839786

Publication Date: 06/30/1998


254 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches


Strange Dislocations illuminates several intriguing byways of Victorian popular culture. It also casts some provocative light on 20th-century thinking. Ms. Steedman’s most interesting pages discuss how Sigmund Freud (a Victorian, after all) drew on contemporary notions of childhood, littleness and loss in constructing his view of the unconscious, ’the child at the heart of the theory, as well as at the heart of the psychoanalytic body.—Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review

Carolyn Steedman’s ambitious study maps literary, scientific, and social discourses of the nineteenth century that used the figure of the child to express the interior self...Strange Dislocations is an exciting and engaging book in its range, its methodology, and its subject matter. Its explorations of the psychic investments adults have in figures of the child, particularly the vulnerable girl-child at once graceful and inarticulate, provide valuable insights for those who wish to understand how nineteenth-century writers understood the child and themselves in relation to the child. Its depiction of historiography and psychoanalysis as methodologically similar shows admirable self-awareness...[This book] is an important part of an ongoing debate about the best ways to analyze hegemony on the behalf of the historically voiceless.—Naomi J. Wood, Albion

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