Prophetic reading: Sisterhood and psychoanalysis in H.D.’s HERmione

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This article offers a comparative reading of H.D.’s 1927 kunstlerroman à clef, HERmione, and Freud’s Dora alongside an intertextual close reading of its dense web of literary allusions in order to argue that it offers a sustained critique of Freudian psychoanalysis and an alternative origin story for the condition of hysteria. Drawing on the notion of prophecy as it is thematised in the novel, the article demonstrates H.D.’s prefiguring of Juliet Mitchell’s recent reconfiguration of hysteria as a response to, replacement by, or failure of identification with a sibling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-276
Number of pages16
JournalComparative American Studies
Issue number3-4
Early online date4 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Hysteria
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Siblings
  • Classicism
  • Philomel

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