R. Gray, Ger 390/Eng363/CL396/CHID 498/JSIS 488/Lit 298

"Freud and the Literary Imagination"


Potential Literary/Cinematic Narratives Appropriate for Freudian Analyses


Oscar Wilde, Picture of Dorian Gray

Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo

Alfred Hitchcock, Spellbound

Star Trek, episode 5: "The Enemy Within"

Rosemary's Baby

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Fight Club

E. A. Poe, Fall of  the House of Usher

Poe, Ligea (or any number of other stories, e.g. Cask of Amantillado, etc.)

The Shining

Primal Fear

The Double Life of Veronique

Donnie Darko


The Butterfly Effect

The Hours (Virginia Woolf segment)

Far from Heaven


The Piano

Schnitzler, Dream Novella
(filmed by Stanley Kubrick as Eyes Wide Shut)

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

Kafka, Report to an Academy (among other stories)

Citizen Kane

Alfred Hitchcock, Rope

Hitchcock, Psycho

Anger Management

American Beauty

Charlotte Bronté, Jane Eyre

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


The Fly

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Hendrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler

Ibsen, A Doll's House

J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye

John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Hermann Hesse, Demian, or Steppenwolf

John Knowles, A Separate Peace

In Treatment (HBO television series)

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are (book or cinematic version)

Neil Gaiman, Coraline (novel or movie version)

The Lion in Winter


The Dark Knight

The Giver


David Lynch, Mulholland Drive

Lynch, Blue Velvet

American Psycho

Padre Amore

Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (cinematic version by Stanley Kubrick)

Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Video game, GTA San Andreas (or other video games)

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

What Dreams May Come

Alan Zweibel, The Other Shulman

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Hundred Years of Solitude


The Sixth Sense


Ingmar Bergman, Wild Strawberries

Bergman, The Seventh Seal


Jorge Luis Borges, any of several stories from the collection Labyrinths

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper

Woody Allen, Manhattan

Woody Allen, Play It Again Sam

Twilight Zone

Wizard of Oz (film, or novel by L. Frank Baum)

The Matrix

The Forgotten

Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

The Lottery

The Stepford Wives



Robert Aldrich, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

One-Hour Photo

Red Dragon


As Good as it Gets

Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Daloway

Three Faces of Eve

Schnitzler, Fräulein Else

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Ingeborg Bachmann, Malina (or film version)

Feodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

Shakespeare, King Lear

Shakespeare, Hamlet

Brothers Grimm, a variety of fairy tales (some filmed in Disney versions)

E. M. Forster, A Room with a View

Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman