Friday, February 4, 2011

* Our Town: Electra and Oedipus at the Altar

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By Jack Linshi
The Yale Daily News

Friday, February 4, 2011
“Psyche & Muse: Creative Entanglements with the Science of the Soul” [ at Yale's Beinecke Rare Book Library] may leave some visitors simply entangled. But for intellectuals seeking a journey through the discourses of human psychology, the exhibit provides a soulful experience.


The Beinecke holds Thornton Wilder's papers and manuscripts.
Does the exhibit include Wilder's playful Oedipus and Electra Complexes in the wedding scene of Our Town: George's "Aw Ma, I don't want to get married" and Emily's "Why can't we go someplace and I'll take care of you" Pa?
Wilder himself has a one-of-a-kind distinction: He refused Sigmund Freud's personal offer of free analysis in Freud's exploration of the artistic temperament.
Posted by The Anti-Yale on February 4, 2011 at 5:33 a.m.

 Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University


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