The room was dark, its grey curtains drawn closed against the evening.
I go to group therapy. I read a lot of novels. They count on me for book recommendations. Your adult son is an expat in Europe and is exploring his sexuality?
You feel alienated from your wealthy family but drawn to nagging spiritual questions about existence? Gutted by the loss of a loved one? The concept of bibliotherapy — a word coined in — long teetered on the edge of trendiness.
But lately it has tilted toward truth. And then the books: But the notion that novels might have a genuine therapeutic benefit for certain kinds of spiritual ailments seems legit. If we concede that books can be therapeutic, then it seems appropriate to explore the potential pitfalls of asking literature to serve that cause.
Of initial concern is the inherent presumptuousness of the endeavor. Maybe even Donald Trump has one: How could anyone expect to intuit how anyone else might react to certain characters in certain settings under certain circumstances?
They match personal contemporary ailments with common literary themes as if they were complementary puzzle pieces. They do so under the assumption that the mere presence of a literary counterpart to a contemporary dilemma automatically imbues a novel with therapeutic agency.
Does this kind of advice make any sense? Consider the adultery example. How can Berthoud and Elderkin assess exactly how novelistic adultery will be translated into thoughts and feelings about something as deeply contextualized as real life adultery?
How can they assess if it will be translated at all? Think of all the possible reactions. Books have driven people to do stranger things. A repression of a more genuine response. More interesting would be to reverse the bibliotherapeutic premise altogether. I want to shake someone out of complacency.
Great novels and sometimes not so great ones jar us, often unexpectedly. Ever have a novel sneak upon you and kick you in the gut, leaving you staring into space, dazed by an epiphany? We should allow books to cause more trouble in our lives.
But the sanguine bibliotherapeutic mission will have none of that. Its premise is to take down obstacles and march us towards happiness.
Proof is how easily this genre of therapy veers into self-help territory. Creative Living Beyond Fear. These books are assuredly smart books by smart writers, all of whom I admire. But the goal of this type of book is to help readers find some kind of stability.
Being moved by fiction means being willing to be led astray a little. It helps if your rules are not ordinary. It also seems prudent to wonder how the bibliotherapeutic pharmacy would bottle up the work of certain writers. Would it do so in a way that excludes literary genius?
Almost assuredly it would. I have no idea here.Three novella sequenced into a book, telling of Portuguese people separated by several decades. Written in exaggerated style, amusing in the parts about the chimpanzee adopted by a retiring senator.
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