By William York Tindall
This e-book comprises analyses of (apparently) all of Thomas's poems, awarded within the similar order because the poems themselves within the accrued variation of 1952.
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At this point I should repeat that it is my intention to use Bakhtin as my theoretical basis: it follows that psychoanalytic theory, if it is to be exploited at all, will take second place. I have no doubt that various psychoanalytic approaches can yield very valuable readings of Dostoyevsky's text, and continue to do so to the present time, and I shall revert to this theme in later chapters. Until recently, most psychological readings of Dostoyevsky could be divided into two main groups: those, like Freud's own, 43 which were devoted to the psychoanalysis of the author and used the literary text as evidence; and those which attempted to psychoanalyse his characters.
Indeed that would be a most un-Bakhtinian thing to do. Some of its most challenging ideas are surely overstated (for example, that Dostoyevsky's presentation of character is entirely synchronic and has no diachronic or causal dimension, though one could defend the view that the Dostoyevsky's fantastic realism 25 synchronic dominates to an unusual degree). Others seem confused and carelessly obscure. I emphasize 'seem' because Bakhtin's discursive style (repetitive without ever repeating exactly, as though he is fumbling through a process of trial and error towards a truth perceived through a glass darkly) does not make for certainty.
Is it the way in which this perilous balancing act is reproduced in the psyches of the characters? Or both? 50 One central aspect of the psychoanalytic treatment of the dream is the crucial role of language. If Dostoyevsky's world is dreamlike, we might expect dreamlike things to happen to language. As Dalton reminds us, a large part of Freud's writing is devoted to linguistic and philological analyses, on word-play in dreams, parapraxes (slips of the tongue) and so on. Likewise, the ideas of condensation and displacement - active in dream formation - are akin to the figures of speech, metaphor (associations based on likeness) and metonymy (associations based on contiguity).
A Reader's Guide to Dylan Thomas (Reader's Guides) by William York Tindall