Contemporary Adolescent Novelization and the Effects of Culture

By Norma Najt, Maria Otero Rossi, Kristina Valendinova

Using the methods of psychoanalytic anthropology, we would like to show the socio-cultural changes in today's young-adult novelization. To the extent that it features generational conflict, this type of fiction has an effect on parental de-idealization, which in turn is key to social progress. Psychoanalysis is concerned with investigating both individual psychical processes (such as the drive for knowledge, infantile sexual theories or the family romance) and the variations in the activities of the drive which are made available by a given culture at a certain moment in time. The cultural conditions of a given social configuration provide the psyche with signifying material that it can use to solve its own conflicts. The examples we encounter in analytic practice help us understand the ways in which the psyche is organized.

  • romance
  • novelization
  • adolescence
  • psychoanalytic anthropology
  • fiction
  • novel
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