Questions for Freud
The Secret History of Psychoanalysis
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Questions for Freud by Nicholas T. Rand
Book DescriptionThe aim of this text is to uncover the paradoxes that riddle psychoanalysis today and trace them to Freud's vacillation at key points in his work and from there to a traumatic event in Freud's life. What role did censored family history play in shaping Freud's psychological inquiries, promoting and impeding them by turns? With this question in mind, Nicholas Rand and Maria Torok develop a biographical and conceptual approach to psychoanalysis, one that outlines Freud's contradictory theories of mental functioning against the backdrop of his permanent lack of insight into crucial and traumatic aspects of his immediate family's life. Taking us through previously unpublished documents and Freud's dreams, his clinical work and institutional organization, the authors show how an event in 1865 can help explain the internal clashes that later beset his work on the origins of neurosis, reality, trauma, fantasy, sexual repression, the psychoanalytic study of literature, and dream interpretation. This book offers a guide to the wary, a way of understanding the flaws and contradictions of Freud's thought without losing sight of its significance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674004214
(202mm x 128mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nicholas T. Rand
Wolf Man's Magic Word, Paperback (October 2005)
A literary analysis of Freud's "Wolf Man." This book reopens the examination of the "Wolf Man," a Russian emigre who was Freud's patient and who wrote his own memoirs. It is an account of the Wolf Man's psychological inventions, a reading of his dreams and symptoms, and a critique of basic Freudian notions.
Shell and the Kernel, Paperback (June 1994)» View all books by Nicholas T. Rand
Abraham and Torok advocate a form of psychoanalysis that insists on the particularity of any individual's life story, the specificity of texts and the singularity of historical situations. The essays in this volume include four previously uncollected works by Maria Torok.
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Author Biography - Nicholas T. Rand
Nicholas Rand is Professor of French Literature and Senior Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His works include the American editions of The Wolf Man's Magic Word and The Shell and the Kernel: Renewals of Psychoanalysis, which Maria Torok, an internationally renowned French psychoanalyst, coauthored with the late Nicolas Abraham.
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