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Individuation and Attachment in the Works of Isabelle de Charrière


Jelka Samsom

Contents: Feminist and Freudian readings of Isabelle de Charrière’s novels of the 1780s – A modern side of the novels – Theoretical background for the analysis of Isabelle de Charrière’s work: Kohut’s Self psychology – Healthy narcissism – Secondary narcissism – Selfobject – Self psychology and late eighteenth-century literature – First part of the Lettres écrites de Lausanne: an essay on mother and child relationship – Lettres neuchâteloises: an essay on attachment, individuation and morality – Lettres de Mistriss Henley: an essay on social identity – Caliste: an essay on the divided self.