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American MythologiesEssays on Contemporary Literature$
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William Blazek and Michael K. Glenday

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237365

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312540

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The Secret Sharing: Myth and Memory in the Writing of Jayne Anne Phillips

The Secret Sharing: Myth and Memory in the Writing of Jayne Anne Phillips

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(p.63) Chapter 4 The Secret Sharing: Myth and Memory in the Writing of Jayne Anne Phillips
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American Mythologies
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Michael K. Glenday

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853237365.003.0005

This chapter analyses the work of Jayne Anne Phillips, and in particular her novel Machine Dreams. Phillips recognizes that although the American urge to myth has been forced underground, with modern expressions of it being secretive and at best shared by the few, this nevertheless brings myth very close to the wellsprings of creativity. In this way, her work approaches both Jungian and Freudian understandings of the relationship between dream and myth.

Keywords:   Machine Dreams, American myth, creativity, dream

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