Peter Pan and the flight from reality: A tale of narcissism, nostalgia and narrative trespass

  title={Peter Pan and the flight from reality: A tale of narcissism, nostalgia and narrative trespass},
  author={Nell Boulton},
  journal={Psychodynamic Practice},
  pages={307 - 317}
  • N. Boulton
  • Published 1 August 2006
  • Sociology
  • Psychodynamic Practice
Abstract It is argued that J. M. Barrie's ‘Neverland’ represents a latency phantasy of flight to a world apart from that of adults, in which there is scope for both a denial of, and a tentative exploration of, the coming realities of adolescence. Celebrated for his ability to stay a boy forever, Peter Pan can be understood as a character who embodies the narcissistic need of some individuals to retreat from the realities of the adult world. Reactions to Peter Pan have been curiously divided… 
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