Concept of outsider: a psychoanalytical approach to The French Lieutenant’s Woman

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Rimpi Sonowal


According to the Oxford English Mini Dictionary, the term ‘outsider’ refers to a person who does not belong to a particular group (Soanes 390). Due to several reasons like ideology, belief, practice someone may differ from others and such person can be found surrounding us. Those people are often placed outside from a particular group and ignored most of the time in a normal society. From psychoanalytical point of view, some people may undergo certain psychological issues which force them to lead a different life from the rest. In the novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles in 1969 several instances can be found in relation to psychoanalytical criticism. The present paper aims to study the novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, from psychoanalytical perspective.


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