1st Edition

Psychoanalysis After Freud
Memory, Mourning and Repetition

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ISBN 9781032046716
July 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
160 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book draws on a number of Freud's lesser-known works to explore psychoanalytic perspectives on memory, mourning and repetition.

It is remarkable that Freud in his speculations on the human psyche often took his point of departure in an insignificant detail. It might be a lapse of memory or a detail in a piece of art. From here he uncovered the many layers of the psyche, its complex structure and the processing of meaning right to the limit of understanding. At this point Freud´s exploration encountered the unknown, an internal outland as difficult to acknowledge as the external reality. Freud did not invent the unconscious but he demonstrated how it works. The unconscious according to Freud does not exist, but insists on making itself visible. The eleven essays in this book draws a picture of the critical humanistic thinking so characteristic of Freud. His concepts and suppositions were the result of many years’ speculations, based on observation, experience and ideas, and although they are marked by the time and culture from which they emerged, they demonstrate a revolutionary knowledge of the psyche transcending the knowledge of his time. The author has added her own afterthoughts and critical comments and read the chosen texts into a contemporary context.

Examining how psychoanalytic work on the topics of memory, mourning and repetition has changed since Freud, and how these themes remain of crucial importance in contemporary psychoanalytic theory, this book intersperses theory with clinical practice. It will be of great interest to training and practicing Psychoanalysts, as well as scholars of Art, Literature and Sociology.

Table of Contents

  1. On transience  2. A disturbance of memory  3. The mystic writing pad  4. They suffer from reminiscences  5. Narcissism  6. On the symptom  7. Why war?  8. Questioning civilization  9. On love  10. The uncanny  11. Psychoanalysis at the frontier

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Judy Gammelgaard professor dr. phil. and psychoanalyst has written great many books and articles, some based on clinical experiences, while others are elaborations of psychoanalytic theory- and concepts. She has for many years been especially interested in bringing psychoanalysis in dialogue with literature, art and culture