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The Therapeutic Narrative
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Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen's Foreshadowing of Psychoanalytic Process Jane Eyre (Charlotte BronTE): Mastering Passion and Guilt through Mutual Influence Margaret Drabble's The Needle's Eye: A Depressive Neurosis Is Healed in a Spontaneous Relationship The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler): Traumatic Loss and Pathological Grief Respond to "Accidental Therapy" Silas Marner (George Eliot): Chronic Depression Resolves in a Complexly Layered Therapeutic Process Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden: Multiple Cures, Multiple Processes of Cure Heidi (Johanna Spyri): The Innocence of the Child As a Therapeutic Force The Magus (John Fowles): A Literary Psychodrama The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton): Tragedy--The Failure of a Relationship to Transform Conclusion

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From Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Anne Tyler's The Accidental Tourist, one of the most appealing themes in a novel is that of personal transformation through a relationship. In this volume, the Almonds show how this message is also that of successful psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.

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BARBARA ALMOND is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. She received her M.D. from Yale University and did her psychiatric training at Georgetown and Stanford. Dr. Almond is an advanced candidate at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and has a private practice in Palo Alto, CA.RICHARD ALMOND is a member of the faculty at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and is Clincial Professor of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Almond received his M.D. from Yale University and did his psychiatric training at Yale. He is the author of The Healing Community (1974) and is currently in private practice in Palo Alto, CA.

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"The authors propose that novels often present 'therapeutic narratives' comparable to the psychoanalytic process that leads to the healing of psychic distress....undergraduates might find a model here of how to do a psychoanalytic reading ot classic English novels, for the book is clearly written and presupposes no previous encounter with psychoanlytical concepts."-Choice
?The authors propose that novels often present 'therapeutic narratives' comparable to the psychoanalytic process that leads to the healing of psychic distress....undergraduates might find a model here of how to do a psychoanalytic reading ot classic English novels, for the book is clearly written and presupposes no previous encounter with psychoanlytical concepts.?-Choice
"In The Therapeutic Narrative, two eminent psychiatrists examine well-known fictional characters and relationships and provide the reader with an entirely fresh and highly perceptive understanding of familiar characters who dwell in the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and many others."- Irvin Yalom, M.D. Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Stanford University
"The authors present a novel way of conceptualizing a genre of classical 19th-century masterpiece novels and some of their modern companion novels as "therapeutic narratives" depicting healing interactions between major protagonists in ways analogous to therapeutic processes in real-life psychoanalytic treatments. A fascinating, psychoanalytically-informed perspective upon this species of novel that provides illumination for the literary and the psychoanalytic scholar alike."- Robert S. Wallerstein, M.D. Past-President, American Psychoanalytic Association and International Psycho-Analytical Association
"In this lucid and engaging study, Barbara and Richard Almond argue that precise, authentic meanings may be found in the claim, "This is a book that changed my life." Drawing on a very wide range of literary plots and many years of clinical practice, the authors demonstrate the ways that certain stories provide models of the dynamic of healing interaction that is the goal of all psychotherapies. Never losing sight of crucial distinctions between art and life, the authors make a persuasive case for the relevance of bringing insights drawn from clinical work into the act of reading fiction, for the enrichment of both."-Diane Wood Middlebrook, Professor of English Stanford University

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