1st Edition

On Freud’s “The Uncanny”

Edited By Catalina Bronstein, Christian Seulin Copyright 2020
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    On Freud’s "The Uncanny" explores Freud’s 1919 essay of the same name and elaboration of the concept of the uncanny and how others or ‘the Other’ can impact on our selves.

    Catalina Bronstein and Christian Seulin bring together contributions from renowned psychoanalysts from different theoretical backgrounds, revisiting Freud’s ideas 100 years after they were first published and providing new perspectives that can inform clinical practice as well as shape the teaching of psychoanalysis.

    Covering key topics such as drives, clinical work, the psychoanalytic frame, and the influence of Ferenczi, On Freud’s "The Uncanny" will be useful for anyone wishing to understand the continued importance of the uncanny in contemporary psychoanalysis.

    Introduction: C. Seulin and C. Bronstein 1 When the analytic field becomes uncanny R. Cassorla Chapter 2 The uncanny double V. Bouville Chapter 3 The Uncanny and the beginnings of time in One Hundred years of solitude and the clinic R. J. Perelberg Chapter 4 Freud’s "The Uncanny" and the "Leonardo". Reassessing instinctual drives J.L. Ahumada Chapter 5 Aesthetics, the uncanny and the psychoanalytic frame G. Kohon Chapter 6 In search of the Uncanny H.B. Levine Chapter 7 The Uncanny dimension at the heart of the historical dispute between Freud and Ferenczi T. Bokanowski Chapter 8 The Uncanny is the Thing with feathers I. Sodré


    Catalina Bronstein is a training and supervising analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is a former president of the British Psychoanalytical Society. She is a child and adolescent and adult psychoanalyst and works at the Brent Adolescent Centre in London and in private practice. Bronstein is also Visiting Professor at the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London.

    Christian Seulin, MD, is a training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society (SPP) and a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He is former secretary of the Executive Council of the Training Commission of the SPP and former president of the Lyon group of the SPP. He is living and practising in Lyon, France. He was editor as a member of the Publications Committee of the IPA between 2009 and 2017.

    ‘The Uncanny or the Uncanny intimacy: if the Freudian Das Unheimliche brought problems to the French translations, the exploration of this specific kind of anxiety that is dread – provoked by the uncertainty of the boundaries and of the psychic "house" – first took Freud into the polysemy of language, before he explored the effects of the "double", splitting and the permutations of the egos. One hundred years after his seminal publication, the clinical and metapsychological richness of the Freudian text continues to produce offspring: the present book bears witness to this forcefully, specifically when it comes back to the differences concerning the determinism of the uncanny feeling, between animist beliefs and repressed representations suddenly brought to light. In the analytic situation, if the emergence of the Uncanny is variably interpreted by the authors, the identity wavering it provokes is precious when it indicates to the ego that it is no longer the master in his own house. "Eloge de l’inquiétant" (Praise of the Uncanny) wrote J.B. Pontalis.’-André Beetschen, former President of the APF (French Psychoanalytic Association).

    ‘In this post-truth world, which has become increasingly uncertain and uncanny, it is enlightening to have a book that brings back Freud’s "The Uncanny" to give meaning to our experiences. In 1919, his paper greatly contributed to the understanding of the impact of Others on our Selves, and the uncanniness contained therein. In 2019, a group of renowned psychoanalysts with different theoretical backgrounds now revisit the paper and provide new perspectives that may prove helpful to our clinical practice as well as to the teaching of psychoanalysis.’-Sergio Lewkowicz, training and supervising psychoanalyst, Porto Alegre Psychoanalytic Society, Brazil; Former president and chair of the Institute of the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytical Society; Fábio Leite Lobo award winner, Brazilian Federation of Psychoanalysis in 2011; current Latin American representative, IPA Board

    ‘This book is a justified and original tribute to the importance, depth and complexity of Freud’s work: a complexity that is also manifested in the argumentative style that Freud has chosen for a text that, as N. Royle states, appears as 'haunted, ghostly, strange and weird', and certainly imposes upon us not to ‘domesticate’ the 'uncanny' in psychoanalysis. It is no coincidence that Freud, led by the concept of the compulsion to repeat and the First World War in progress at the time, war called in his letter to Eitingon a "carnage", writes a series of works between 1915 and 1919 that will culminate in the formulation of the concept of 'Todestriebe'. A series of "Thoughts for the times on war and death" (1915) that are 'forced upon us' by the "disillusionment of the war", but which will inevitably lead to a necessary restructuring of the whole theoretical framework. Readers will appreciate the ability and authority of the authors in unraveling the complex network of Freud’s writing.’-Jorge Canestri, Training analyst, Italian Psychoanalytical Association. President of the European Psychoanalytical Federation