Dynamic Psychology in Modernist British Fiction by George M. Johnson (auth.)

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Nietzsche developed the concept of sublimation of sexual and aggressive drives, also made use of by Freud. However, unlike Freud, Nietzsche eventually stressed the will for power over other drives (Ellenberger 274). H. Lawrence's, it is almost impossible to distinguish the assimilation of Nietzsche, along with Schopenhauer, from those psychologists who borrowed from them (Schneider 29-57). 3 21 Dynamic psychologies of self This section will first trace the most significant contributions by Victorian philosophers and psychologists to the more inclusive discourse on selfhood or personality.

Even in the Principles of Psychology (1890), his most positivistic work, he claims that his positivism "is anything but ultimate" ("Preface"; I 182). Following the Principles, James realized even more fully the folly of ignoring data arising from the flux of experience, regardless of whether or not it transcended scientific positivism and lent support to spiritist theories. For this reason, he joined the SPR shortly after its inception, serving as Vice-President from 1890 to 1910 and as President in 1894-1895, founded the American branch in 1884, and investigated the medium Mrs Piper throughout the 1890s.

There have been a number of illuminating histories of psychical research, including Alan Gauld's The Founders of Psychical Research (1968), John Cerullo's The Secularization of the Soul (1982), and Janet Oppenheim's The Other World (1985). Several of these set psychical research into traditions of mental healing, notably Adam Crabtree's From Mesmer to Freud (1993) and Alison Winter's Mesmerized (1998), but their concern is not with literary appropriation of these discourses. Several contemporary cultural studies have enlisted psychical research in support of various fascinating projects.

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