Literature and Psychology in the Context of the Interaction of Social Sciences

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KHAZAR JOURNAL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, vol.19, no.4, pp.49-55, 2016 (ESCI) identifier


There is a two-way relationship between literature and psychology coming together on the same intersection at the point of essential people and human behavior. As it is possible to approach literature and to evaluate literary works with the resources of psychology, and of literary sciences, so it is also possible to consider literary works based on psychology and to discover psychological facts in literature. Thus, both psychologists and writers have taken into consideration the relationship between literature and psychology. Studies of the science of psychology directed to literature, literary works and writers that was introduced by Freud continued with other outstanding theorists of psychology such as Adler, Jung, Lacan, Fromm, Reich and Klein. Likewise, writers and literary theorists such as N. Holland, Lev Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Virginia Woolf contributed to the psychology of literature. This paper is an effort to analyze the relationship between literature and psychology considering the wide field which the science of psychology opens for literature.