After Freud Left: A Century Of Psychoanalysis In America

Paperback | December 1, 2014

EditorJohn Burnham

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From August 29 to September 21, 1909, Sigmund Freud visited the United States, where he gave five lectures at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. This volume brings together a stunning gallery of leading historians of psychoanalysis and of American culture to consider the broad history of psychoanalysis in America and to reflect on what has happened to Freud’s legacy in the United States in the century since his visit.        

There has been a flood of recent scholarship on Freud’s life and on the European and world history of psychoanalysis, but historians have produced relatively little on the proliferation of psychoanalytic thinking in the United States, where Freud’s work had monumental intellectual and social impact. The essays in After Freud Left provide readers with insights and perspectives to help them understand the uniqueness of Americans’ psychoanalytic thinking, as well as the forms in which the legacy of Freud remains active in the United States in the twenty-first century. After Freud Left will be essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century American history, general intellectual and cultural history, and psychology and psychiatry.

 

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From August 29 to September 21, 1909, Sigmund Freud visited the United States, where he gave five lectures at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. This volume brings together a stunning gallery of leading historians of psychoanalysis and of American culture to consider the broad history of psychoanalysis in America and to r...

John Burnham is research professor in the Department of History at Ohio State University. His most recent book is Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:December 1, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022621186X

ISBN - 13:9780226211862

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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: 1909 TO THE 1940S: FREUD AND THE PSYCHOANALYTIC MOVEMENT CROSS THE ATLANTIC

Introduction to Part I: Transnationalizing

SONU SHAMDASANI
ONE / Psychotherapy, 1909: Notes on a Vintage

RICHARD SKUES
TWO / Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in America

ERNST FALZEDER
THREE / “A Fat Wad of Dirty Pieces of Paper”: Freud on America, Freud in America, Freud and America

GEORGE MAKARI
FOUR / Mitteleuropa on the Hudson: On the Struggle for American Psychoanalysis after the Anschluß

HALE USAK-SAHIN
FIVE / Another Dimension of the Émigré Experience: From Central Europe to the United States Via Turkey

Part II: After World War II: The Fate of Freud’s Legacy in American Culture
Introduction to Part II: A Shift in Perspective

DOROTHY ROSS
SIX / Freud and the Vicissitudes of Modernism in America, 1940–1980

LOUIS MENAND
SEVEN / Freud, Anxiety, and the Cold War

ELIZABETH LUNBECK
EIGHT / Heinz Kohut’s Americanization of Freud

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE AGNEW
NINE / The Walking Man and the Talking Cure

Conclusion
Chronological Guide to Events
List of Contributors
Acknowledgments
Index

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 “All too often the history of psychoanalysis has been written from polemical standpoints, leaving us to lurch between uncritical hagiography and categorical repudiation. After Freud Left avoids these pitfalls, locating the rise and fall of psychoanalysis in the United States within broader social, political, cultural, and international developments. The result is a lively and intriguing set of essays, which offer refreshingly new, often surprising, insights into the history of this important intellectual movement.”