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Dostoyevsky's Stalker and Other Essays on Psychopathology and the Arts


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Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Part 4 PART I: VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF SHAME Chapter 5 1. Shame, the "As-if" Personality, and the Search for Identity Chapter 6 2. Anton Chekov's "The Darling": Imitative Pseudo-Relationships Chapter 7 3. Woody Allen's Zelig: The Human Chameleon Chapter 8 4. Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley: Better a Fake Somebody than a Real Nobody Chapter 9 5. Reinvented Selves: Frank Abagnale's Catch Me If You Can and James Thurber's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Chapter 10 6. Henry David Thoreau's Alter Egos: Ralph Waldo Emerson and JOhn Thoreau Jr. Chapter 11 7. Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Underground Man and the Psychogenesis of Stalking Chapter 12 8. The Case of the Quadriplegic Cyberterrorist Chapter 13 9. The Unabomber at Harvard: A Murderous Phoenix Chapter 14 10. The Unabomber, the Underground Man, and Asperger Syndrome Chapter 15 11. Anton Chekhov's "The Man in a Case": Laughter that Killed Chapter 16 12. Glenn Gould: the "Cased-in Man" Syndrome Chapter 17 13. Homophobic Dysphoria in Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain Chapter 18 14. A Shame-Inducing Epiphany in James Joyce's "The Dead" Chapter 19 15. Anton Chekhov's "Lady with the Pet Dog": A Womanizer Learns to Love Chapter 20 16. Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim: Inner and Outer Courts of Inquiry Chapter 21 17. Edward Hopper's Last Painting, Two Comedians: An Ego-Absolving Gloss Chapter 22 18. Alexander Pushkin's "The Shot": Revenge, a Dish Best Savored Cold Part 23 PART II: POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER Chapter 24 19. Introduction: The Many Facets of PTSD Chapter 25 20. Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Wakefield": Sleepwalker in a Mental Jail Chapter 26 21. Frederick Law Olmsted's Childhood Traumas and the Birth of Psychoarchitecture Chapter 27 22. Leo Tolstoy's "God Sees the Truth, but Waits": Through Suffering Comes Redemption Chapter 28 23. Alger Hiss and Whittaker Chambers: A Real-life Ivan and Makar Chapter 29 24. Henry David Thoreau's "Wilderness Therapy": Sensory Awareness in Nature Chapter 30 25. The Great Deeds of Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.: Crisis, Preparation, and a Deliberative Moment Chapter 31 26. Introduction: The Creative Use of Alternate States of Consciousness Chapter 32 27. Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer and Autoscopic Illusion Chapter 33 28. Friedrich August Kekule's Apparition of a Snake and the Structure of the Benzene Ring Chapter 34 29. Henry David Thoreau: An Imaginary Mountain, A Symbolic Tombstone Chapter 35 30. Demonic Hallucinations and Patricidal Guilt: Dostoyevsky's Ivan Karamazov and Freud's Bavarian Artist Chapter 36 31. The Three Phantoms of Herman Melville's Moby Dick Part 37 PART IV: MOOD IMAGERY IN LITERATURE Chapter 38 32. Introduction: Icarus, Daedalus, and Bipolar Disorder Chapter 39 33. Manic-Depressive Mood Swings in Albert Camus' The Fall Chapter 40 34. Bipolar Imagery in Henry David Thoreau's Journals Chapter 41 Bibliography

About the Author

Michael Sperber, M.D., is the author of Henry David Thoreau: Cycles and Psyche and the co-editor (with Lissy F. Jarvik, M.D., Ph.D.) of Psychiatry and Genetics: Psychosocial, Ethical and Legal Considerations. Dr. Sperber trained in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he taught for many years. He has also taught in the honors program, Department of Social Relations, Harvard College, and is currently psychiatric consultant to the Neuropsychiatry / Behavioral Neurology Service at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.


From Dostoyevsky to the Unabomber; from Thoreau to Woody Allen, Michael Sperber's new book is a tour de force of integrative thinking and creative analysis. Dostoyevsky's Stalker will be a valuable work for all those seeking deeper channels into the human mind. -- Ronald Pies, M.D., editor-in-chief, Psychiatric Times, clinical professor of psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine, author, Zimmerman's T
Consistently and elegantly in these essays, Dr. Sperber shows psychodynamics and the arts to be mutually illuminating-offering complementary ways of perceiving persons struggling for self-awareness, authenticity, and worthy lives. An intelligently adventurous book-the report of an alert, imaginative, and appropriately ranging professional. -- Paul Schwaber, Ph.D., professor of letters, Wesleyan University, author, The Cast of Characters: A Reading of Ulysses
Dr. Sperber has discovered Freud's secret, that the artist sometimes has more to teach us about the human condition than our patients. In Dostoyevsky's Stalker he opens new windows into the 'secret gardens of the self.' -- Alan A. Stone M.D., Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law & Psychiatry, Harvard Law School; author of Movies and the Moral Adventure of Life

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