Oedipus in the Trobriands
Cover of the first edition
|Published||1982 (The University of Chicago Press)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
Spiro discusses the Oedipus complex; he notes that there is already a vast literature on the topic. Influenced by psychoanalysis, he attempts to refute Bronislaw Malinowski's skepticism about the applicability of Sigmund Freud's ideas to the Trobriand Islanders, using Malinowski's own materials.
Ruth Solie gave Oedipus in the Trobriands a mixed review in Library Journal, writing that while the book "will appeal to those interested in incest and psychological universals, interpreting the unconscious meanings of symbolic forms is a delicate, and often controversial, task." Historian Peter Gay, writing in Freud: A Life for Our Time (1988), described Spiro's book as "brilliant".
- Solie, Ruth (1983). "Oedipus in the Trobriands (Book)". Library Journal. 108 (3). – via EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (subscription required)