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Sir James M. Barrie (1860 - 1937)

Nationality: Scottish
Born: Scotland
Periods: British: 19th Century

Scottish author, best known for Peter Pan

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Flights of Fancy in Nonnus and J.M. Barrie
http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ElAnt/V3N5/newbold.html
"Associated with the central figures of Nonnus' and Barrie's works, Dionysus and Peter Pan, are such themes of infantile psychology as the omnipotent child warrior, the narcissistic, self-preoccupied exploiter of others, and gender ambiguity. Common to the works as a whole are similarly archaic features and emotions such as the spontaneous generation of life, fantasies of flight, ambivalence towards the mother, denial of or ignorance of sex, and a craving for immortality. These features, together with urethral eroticism, which often manifests as bedwetting, and a preoccupation with fire and water comprise the syndrome known as Icarianism, named after Icarus, the high-flying son of Daedalus. Icarianism can operate at different levels, in a primitive, egocentric, child-like way, through to a sublimated, spiritual and creative display that inspires and uplifts others."
Contains: Criticism
Author: R.F.Newbold
From: Electronic Antiquity Vol. 3 no. 5 October 1996
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