Questions for Freud by Nicholas Rand
The Secret History of Psychoanalysis

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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 Taking us through previously unpublished documents and Freud's dreams, his clinical work and institutional organization, the authors show how a shameful event in 1865 that shook Freud and his family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.


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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. Torok is an internationally renowned French Psychoanalyst.
Published October 16, 2000 by Harvard University Press. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Rand, a professor of French literature, and Torok, a French psychoanalyst, reexamine Freud's theories of dream interpretation and psychical reality purportedly to reveal contradictions that have undermined the practice of psychoanalysis.

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