Year: 2009 Source: New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., (2009). p.149-157 SIEC No: 20100080

This chapter opens with an exploration of general areas of interaction between psychology & literature. Subjects of discussion include understanding human behaviour in historical times, psychological analyses of literature, psychological studies of the author & the reader, & other points of contact – psychologizing as a literary genre & the effect of psychological thought upon writers. The arguments of Jaffe against this interaction of literature & psychology are briefly reviewed. The latter part of the chapter is on the study of suicide through literature, including the understanding of suicide, the understanding of a culture, & understanding a suicidal writer. (40 refs.)