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Memory, Myth, and Seduction
Unconscious Fantasy and the Interpretive Process

ISBN 9780367606237
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

Memory, Myth, and Seduction reveals the development and evolution of Jean-Georges Schimek's thinking on unconscious fantasy and the interpretive process derived from a close reading of Freud as well as contemporary psychoanalysis. Contributing richly to North American psychoanalytic thought, Schimek challenges local views from the perspective of continental discourse. A practicing psychoanalyst, teacher, and consummate Freud scholar, Schimek sought to clarify Freud's concepts and theories and to disentangle complexities borne of inconsistencies in Freud's assumptions and expositions.

This book is divided thematically into three sections. The first concerns fantasy and interpretation as they play out in the analytic situation, and the manner in which analyst and patient coconstruct meaning and reconstruct and recover memory. The second consists of two seminal papers which provide the sequence of steps in the five revisions in Freud's seduction theory. Schimek's careful scholarship lays out the data of Freud's writing, which allows one to draw one's own conclusions about the implications of the changes in the theory that he made. In the third, more theoretical section, he provides a foundation for understanding many of today's discussions about unconscious fantasy, dreaming, remembering, consciousness, affect, self-reflection, mentalization, and implicit relational knowing. He clarifies and illustrates Freud's original formulations (and their inherent problems) through a careful reading of sections of The Interpretation of Dreams, and a study of Freud's famous Signorelli parapraxis.

Skillfully arranged and carefully edited by Deborah Browning and including a foreword by Alan Bass, this collection of Schimek's published and unpublished papers will be of interest to practicing psychoanalysts, psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapists, and students of the history of ideas and philosophy who have a particular interest in fantasy, interpretation, and Freud.

Table of Contents

Bass, Foreword. Browning, Introduction. Part I: On the Analytic Relationship. Psychoanalysis and Transference: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. The Construction of the Transference: The Relativity of the "Here and Now" and the "There and Then." Intersubjectivity and the Analytic Relationship. On the Resolution of the Positive Transference: Suggestion, Identification, and Action. Transference and Psychic Reality: Ideas about the Timeless Past in Psychoanalysis. Further Thoughts on the Contemporary Analytic Relationship. Part II: On Freud's Seduction Theory. Fact and Fantasy in the Seduction Theory: A Historical Review. Interpretations of the Past: Childhood Trauma, Psychical Reality, and Historical Truth. Part III: On Unconscious Fantasy. Unconscious Fantasy: Interpretive Construct and Developmental Phenomenon. A Critical Reexamination of Unconscious Mental Representation. Affective Schemas: Toward a Structural View of Cognition and Affect. Notes on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Consciouness and Reflective Awareness. Signorelli: The Parapraxis Specimen of Psychoanalysis. The Interpretation of Dreams Revisited: Interpretation, Primary Process, and Language.

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Jean-Georges Schimek, Ph.D., was Training Analyst and faculty member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York City and former Director of the Clinical Psychology Program at New York University.

Deborah L. Browning, Ph.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and editor of Adolescent Identities (Analytic Press, 2008). Her earlier publications in psychology reflect her interest in adolescence and life span development. She maintains a private practice in New York City.

Alan Bass, Ph.D., is Training Analyst and faculty member at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR), the New York Freudian Society, and the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP). He is also on the Graduate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies, at the New School for Social Research. He is the author of Difference and Disavowal: The Trauma of Eros (Stanford, 2000) and Interpretation and Difference: The Strangeness of Care (Stanford, 2006), and is well known for his translations of works by Jacques Derrida.