Questions for Freud: The Secret History of Psychoanalysis by Nicholas RandQuestions for Freud: The Secret History of Psychoanalysis by Nicholas Rand

Questions for Freud: The Secret History of Psychoanalysis

byNicholas Rand, Mária Török


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With all the intrigue and twists of a mystery, Questions for Freud uncovers the paradoxes that riddle psychoanalysis today and traces 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 new 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 Taking us through previously unpublished documents and Freud's dreams, his clinical work and institutional organization, the authors show how a shameful event in 1865 that shook Freud and his family 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.

Steeped in the history, theory, and practice of psychoanalysis, 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. This book will alter the terms of the current debate about the standing of psychoanalysis and Freud.

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...
Title:Questions for Freud: The Secret History of PsychoanalysisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.94 × 5.06 × 0 inLanguage:English

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Table of Contents




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




Editorial Reviews

Makes for a lively and challenging read.