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Psychoanalysis and Discourse

By Patrick Mahony

© 2001 – Routledge

259 pages

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About the Book

After a detailed discussion of the significance of translation as a critical concept in psychoanalysis, Patrick Mahony proceeds to a comprehensive examination of 'free association', the cornerstone of psychoanalytic method.

Next follows the consideration of free association in its relation to scientific rhetorical, expressive and literary discourse. Mahony then begins a detailed study of certain aspects of the text of Freud's Interpretation of Dreams and of issues involved in the oral reporting of dreams. Attention is subsequently turned to the analysis of Freud's own writing in general, and specifically to Totem and Taboo.

Finally, the author shows how his ideas can illuminate literary classics (by Villon, Shakespeare, Kafka, and Jonson) and the debate about whether there is anything specific to women's discourse.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part One: Discourse and the Clinical Context. Towards the Understanding of Translation in Psychoanalysis. The Boundaries of Free Association. The Place of Psychoanalytic Treatment in the History of Discourse. Freud's Interpretation of Dreams, Semiology and Chomskian Linguistics. Towards a Formalist Approach to Freud's Central Dream. Imitative Elaboration in the Oral Reporting of Dreams: Another Formal Feature of Dream Interpretation. Part Two: Non-clinical Discourse and Psychoanalysis. Further Thoughts in Freud and his Writing. The Budding International Association of Psychoanalysis and its Discontents: A Feature of Freud's Discourse. Kafka's 'A Hunger Artist' and the Symbolic Nuclear Principle. Shakespeare's Sonnet 20 and its Symbolic Nuclear Principle. Ben Jonson's 'Best Pieces of Poetry' and a Comparison of their Symbolic Nuclear Princple. Villon's 'La Ballade des Pendus' and its Symbolic Nuclear Principle. Women's Discourse and Literature: The Question of Nature and Culture. Index.

About the Author

Patrick Mahony is a practising psychoanalyst and Professor Emeritus at the Universite de Montreal, Canada.

About the Series

The New Library of Psychoanalysis

The New Library of Psychoanalysis is published by Routledge Mental Health in association with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, London.

Its purpose is to facilitate a greater and more widespread appreciation of psychoanalysis and to provide a forum for increasing mutual understanding between psychoanalysts and those in other disciplines. The series also aims to make some of the work of continental and other non-English speaking analysts more readily available to English-speaking readers, and to increase the interchange of ideas between British and American analysts.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis published its first book in 1987 under the editorship of David Tuckett, later followed by Elizabeth Bott Spillius, Susan Budd and Dana Birksted-Breen. A considerable number of Associate Editors and readers have assisted the editors.

Under the guidance of Foreign Rights Editors, a considerable number of the New Library books have been published abroad, particularly in Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Peru, Spain and Japan.

The aim of the New Library of Psychoanalysis is to maintain the high level of scholarship of the previous series, to provide a forum for increasing understanding between psychoanalysis and other disciplines and to increase the interest of the general book-reading public in psychoanalysis.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis also aims to help the various schools of psychoanalysis to better understand each other. It has published books representing all three schools of thought in British psychoanalysis, including a particularly important work edited by Pearl King and Riccardo Steiner, expounding the intellectual and organisational controversies that developed in the British psychoanalytical Society between Kleinian, Viennese and 'middle group' analysts during the Second World War.

The New Library of Psychoanalysis has also translated and published several books by Continental psychoanalysts, and it plans in the future to continue the policy of publishing books that express as clearly as possible a variety of psychoanalytic points of view.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health