The Freud Files

The Freud Files

An Inquiry Into the History of Psychoanalysis

Book - 2012
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"This book began in 1993 as an inquiry into Freud historians and their work. We had become aware of the upheavals that had affected Freud studies since the 1970s, which were completely transformating how one understood psychoanalysis and its origins. Intrigued by the new histories of the Freudian movement, we decided to interview the key players to gather their testimonies in a collective volume. These interviews were transcribed and annotated (we reproduce a few excerpts in the following), but the volume itself remained unfinished, for in the meantime our investigation had changed. Quite quickly, it became apparent that it was not possible to situate ourselves with the neutrality and ironic detachment that we had initially adopted. The stakes were too high, and too much remained to be researched and verified before one could attempt to pass judgment on the endless controversies around psychoanalysis. Instead of describing them from the outside, we became drawn in, and here put forward our own contribution to the history of the Freudian movement"-- Provided by publisher.
"How did psychoanalysis attain its prominent cultural position? How did it eclipse rival psychologies and psychotherapies, such that it became natural to bracket Freud with Copernicus and Darwin? Why did Freud 'triumph' to such a degree that we hardly remember his rivals? This book reconstructs the early controversies around psychoanalysis and shows that rather than demonstrating its superiority, Freud and his followers rescripted history. This legend-making was not an incidental addition to psychoanalytic theory but formed its core. Letting the primary material speak for itself, this history demonstrates the extraordinary apparatus by which this would-be science of psychoanalysis installed itself in contemporary societies. Beyond psychoanalysis, it opens up the history of the constitution of the modern psychological sciences and psychotherapies, how they furnished the ideas which we have of ourselves and how these became solidified into indisputable 'facts'"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
ISBN: 0521729785 (pbk.)
9780521729789 (pbk.)
0521509904 (hardback)
9780521509909 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: 150.195209 BOR
Characteristics: ix, 404 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Shamdasani, Sonu 1962-

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" 'Lacan's narrative revisions are no less blatant than Freud's: where exactly does Lacan find it that Lanzer's father had been dismissed from the Army and that this was the reason for his marriage?' "

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