Frederick Crews

Frederick Crews is a professor of English at the University of California (Berkeley). He has written books on Henry James and E.M. Forster; The Pooh Perplex (1963) is a best-selling spoof of Freudian criticism, while his study of Nathaniel Hawthorne, published three years later, pursued a psychoanalytic approach. Subsequently he has had second thoughts on the subject of Freudianism. His new position was expressed in an article, ‘Analysis Terminable’, which appeared in the July number of Commentary, whose correspondence columns are still ringing with the outrage of professional analysts at the ‘murderous’ character of this attack upon their mystery.

How is it possible to pass so quickly from being an advocate of applied psychoanalysis to being an antagonist of the entire Freudian movement?

What are academic instincts, and are they about more than survival? For Frederick Crews, emeritus professor of English at Berkeley, literary study in the university is a Darwinian battle for...

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