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Psychoanal Q. 2017 Jul;86(3):645-663. doi: 10.1002/psaq.12161.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, OBSESSIVE LOVE, AND LIBER AMORIS.

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Training and Supervising Analyst at Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago.

Abstract

William Hazlitt, a distinguished literary figure of the early nineteenth century and a forerunner of psychoanalytic insights, had a keen awareness of the impact of the imagination on assessing works of art. At forty-two, he became hopelessly involved in an obsessive love affair with a nineteen-year-old woman and could not extricate himself from the relationship. The affair followed the death of his father, a powerful influence on his life. Factors in his obsessive love included finding an object of idealization subject to his imaginative creation and narcissistically reexperiencing himself about to begin a new life.

KEYWORDS:

Romantic movement; William Hazlitt; creativity; idealization; imagination; literature; loss and response; obsessive love

PMID:
28815714
DOI:
10.1002/psaq.12161
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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