Dreams and Dramas
Alan Roland is both a highly respected psychoanalyst and an exhibiting artist, giving him a fresh perspective on psychoanalytic studies of art and the artist. Here he argues for an interdisciplinary integration of psychoanalysis with art and artistic criticism, and against the reductionism of applied psychoanalysis.
Exploring the artistic process and the concept of the artistic self in terms of self-objects and transformational objects, Roland challenges the basic assumption of applied psychoanalysis - that the work of art is a dream or daydream expressed within a formal aesthetic framework. Written in an accessible, non-technical style, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in psychoanalytic criticism or psychoanalytical theories of dreams and creativity.
I use this book in my sophomore Drama in Elementary Education course. It is thought provoking but not directly meets the need of students in Elementary Ed
A new perspective for counselling students to explore at the higher level of study
A fascinating exposition of the links between dreaming and literature, which opens up the topic to all, apart from those with a specialist interest. Students researching in any of the areas connected with dreaming, daydreaming, reverie, narrative, myth and literature will find this an interesting read and be inspired to follow up the ideas presented and the novels discussed in more detail. A great appetiser!