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One—paradoxical–indication of Wilson’s anomalous position in academic literary studies is that perhaps his most influential interpretation of a literary work, the one that has had the most resonance in the academy, is one of the few that he got wrong.Freudian theory was much more congenial for twentieth century academic critics than any interpretation that took the spirits who come after the children to be true spirits—or, as James calls them in his preface to the story, “goblins, elves, imps, demons.” In the last fifty years, after straightforward Freudianism has been widely discredited, Lacanian and deconstructionist interpretations have filled the void.
Feminist literary criticism - Wikipedia
Frye's contribution leads us directly into the mythological approach to literary analysis. As our discussion of mythology has shown, the task of the myth critic is a special one. Unlike the traditional critic, who relies heavily on history and the biography of the writer, the myth critic is interested more in prehistory and the biographies of the gods. Unlike the formalistic critic, who concentrates on the shape and symmetry of the work itself, the myth critic probes for the inner spirit which gives that form its vitality and its enduring appeal. And, unlike the Freudian critic, who is prone to look on the artifact as the product of some sexual neurosis, the myth critic sees the work holistically, as the manifestation of vitalizing, integrative forces arising from the depths of humankind's collective psyche.