Title

The heterodox psychology and queer poetics of auden in the 1930s

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2019

Abstract

Copyright © The Trustees of Indiana University Over the course of a ten-month stay in Berlin from 1928 to 1929, W.H. Auden encountered a group of heterodox psychologists and lay analysts whose teachings would help shape his theories of illness, sexuality, and desire. In his experimental writing of that period, Auden constructs an idiosyncratic poetics that assimilates strategies of psychological diagnosis, prognosis, and taxonomization into its lyrical texture. While parodying the epistemological and therapeutic heteronormative regimes that target queer subjects, Auden expands the role of poetry in the diagnosis of personal and social ills.

Publication Name

Journal of Modern Literature

Volume Number

42

First Page

19

Last Page

38

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.2979/jmodelite.42.3.02

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