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Questions for Freud

The Secret History of Psychoanalysis

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$36.50 • £29.95 • €33.00

ISBN 9780674004214

Publication Date: 10/16/2000


256 pages


  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: Why Question Freud?
  • I. Fundamental Contradictions of Freudian Thought
    • Dream Interpretation: Free Association or Universal Symbolism?
    • The Concept of Psychical Reality and Its Traps
  • II. Psychoanalysis in the Eye of Literature
    • Applied Psychoanalysis in Question
    • A Case Study in Literary Psychoanalysis: Jensen’s Gradiva
    • The Distortions of Psychoanalysis: Freud versus Jensen
  • III. Transmissions of Psychoanalysis
    • Censorship and Secrets in the Historical Topography of Psychoanalysis
    • The Setbacks of Catharsis: Emmy von N.
    • Neutralizing Constructive Criticism: Freud Faced with Ferenczi’s Research on Trauma
  • IV. Gaining Insight into Freud
    • Methodological Issues
    • The Freud Family’s Disaster seen through the Original Documents
    • Freud’s Self-Analysis and the Field of Biographical Studies
    • Freud’s Dreams: Witnesses to His Family Disaster
    • The Secret of Psychoanalysis
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Index

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