The Higher Common Sense
Posted by Arnessa on April 27, 1998 at 20:59:48:
In response to Parody on psychoanalysis, written by Kay on April 27, 1998 at 10:16:20
] Speaking of parodies, I think Gibbons was poking a little fun at the new Freudian trends. At this time, Freud was beginning to be translated and several people from England had gone to Germany to study with Freud. And these discoveries began to change the way some authors approached biographies. I think Mybug pokes fun at these authors who wished to change the way we look at well-known lives. Also, Aunt Ada Doom and her 'I saw something nasty in the woodshed' is another poke at Freud. And perhaps, the influence of psychoanalysis on drama--remember the reference to "Manallalive-O" and the nasty time theatre-goers would have.
Speaking of psychobabble, what to make of Flora's preoccupation with The Higher Common Sense by the Abbe Fausse-Maigre? (OK, is this too one of Gibbons' made-up things. I admit, it never occurred to me that sukebind wasn't real) But is Gibbons trying to say that with all these psychoanalysts teaching people about abnormal behavior, that people needed someone to teach them how to be normal.
- The Virtues of Common Sense Karen R 16:30:40 4/29/98 (1)
- Guess what I've just discovered at a bookstore? Constanza 17:35:46 4/30/98 (0)
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