VIII. Mary Poppins on the Couch–A Freudian Approach to the Mary Poppins Books
VIII.Mary Poppins on the Couch–A Freudian Approach to the Mary Poppins Books
Once, when I was in the United States, I went to see a psychologist. It was during the war and I was feeling kind of cut off. I thought, well, these people in psychology always want to see the kind of things you’ve done, so I took as many of my books as were then written. I went and met the man, and he gave me another appointment. And at the next appointment the books were handed back to me with the words: “You know, you don’t really need me. All you need to do is read your own book. (Travers qtd. in “The Paris Review”)
Literature and myth have for a long time served as a means to discover hidden fantasies and meanings for communities and nations. Furthermore, a relationship of the reader’s unconscious to that of the author has been established (cf. Kurzweil and Philips). Notably, connecting the study of psychology with literature originates with Freud himself and serves as a valid method in order to extract meaning from Travers’s Mary Poppins books. As the study of the Mary Poppins text in the light of psychoanalysis and some of Freud’s ideas has to a large extent been neglected, this chapter serves to establish a connection between the fascination with Travers’s stories and some elements of Freudian thought.
8.1Mary Poppins and Freud
Grilli has attempted to shed light...
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