Discovering Literature with the Help of Freudian Psychoanalysis

  • Sanmit Sarkar MIT World Peace University
  • Prakriti Rais MIT World Peace University
Keywords: Psychoanalysis, Poetry, Literature Analysis, Free Association, Performance Studies


In this study, we will be using psychoanalysis to understand literature, more specifically poetry and the poets themselves. Analyzing literature in such a way helps us have a better grasp of human behavior and involuntary thoughts that manifest in the form of stories, poems, or any sort of creative work.  Literature helps us to travel back in time and learn about life on Earth from those who have gone before us. We can gain a deeper grasp of cultures and appreciate them more. We learn from the methods, history is documented, such as manuscripts and oral history.

 Literature encompasses forms such as poetry, drama, prose, folklore, epic tale, personal narrative, history, biography, satire, philosophical dialogues, etc. Poetry is a composition in verse and is usually characterized by concentrated and heightened language in which words are chosen for their sound and suggestive power as well as for their sense, and using such techniques as meter, rhyme, and alliteration.

Psychoanalysis is defined as a set of psychological theories and therapeutic methods which have their origin in the work and theories of Sigmund Freud. The primary assumption of psychoanalysis is the belief that all people possess unconscious thoughts, feelings, desires, and memories. Psychoanalysis therapy aims to release repressed emotions and experiences, i.e., make the unconscious conscious. It is only by having a cathartic (i.e., healing) experience can the person be helped and "cured." 


Author Biographies

Sanmit Sarkar, MIT World Peace University

Professor Sanmit Sarkar is a passionate educator, with a demonstrated history of teaching and research. He is presently working as an Assistant Professor of English at MIT World Peace University Pune. He is also pursuing his Ph.D. in Contemporary American Poetry from Institute of Advanced Studies in English, Pune, affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University. He has taught courses on Literature in English, Creative Writing and Women’s Writing at the under graduate level. He has a contemporary outlook towards poetry and strives to uphold the importance of poetry in society today through his teaching & research.


Prakriti Rais, MIT World Peace University

Prakriti Rais is an aspiring counseling psychologist. She is currently completing her master’s degree from MIT-WPU, School of Liberal Arts. She has completed her bachelor’s in Psychology, English Literature, and Political Science from Maharani Laxmibai, Bhopal. She has worked on the SEL and LSRW model for learning and is an avid reader.  Her areas of interest in research are social psychology, developmental psychology and personality.



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How to Cite
Sarkar, S., & Rais, P. (2023). Discovering Literature with the Help of Freudian Psychoanalysis. International Journal of Pedagogical Advances in Technology-Mediated Education, 3(6), 07 - 16. Retrieved from