Freud in Exile: Psychoanalysis and Its Vicissitudes

Edward Timms, Editor, Naomi Segal, Editor, Naomi Segal, Photographer Yale University Press $66 (352p) ISBN 978-0-300-04226-9
Freud's exodus in 1938 from Nazi-occupied Austria to London signaled the transplanting of the psychoanalytic movement from Vienna to England and thence to the U.S. Based on a 1986 symposium, this suggestive volume presents 23 papers discussing how psychoanalysis has fared in its worldwide exile. According to one contributor, the Americanization of Freud's system has produced a severely distorted science unhinged from its philosophical moorings, while another paper views modern psychoanalysis as a benign social institution offering salvation in a secular world. Various scholars look at analysts' aspirations to professional medical status; how English disciple Ernest Jones exaggerated his missionary role; problems in translating Freud; and the influence of the German Romantics' notion of healing the soul on psychotherapy. Discussions of the feminist challenge to Freud and evolving theories of childhood round out a volume that makes a notable contribution to ongoing debate. (August)
Reviewed on: 07/27/1988
Release date: 07/01/1988
Genre: Nonfiction
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