1st Edition

Psychoanalysis at its Limits Navigating the Postmodern Turn

Edited By Anthony Elliott, Charles Spezzano Copyright 2000
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    Has psychoanalysis become postmodern? How are the various schools of psychoanalysis being altered by postmodernism? What role does psychoanalysis have to play in the cultural debate in postmodern times? Originally published in 2000, Psychoanalysis at its Limits offers a stimulating account of the complex and contradictory nature of psychoanalysis in the postmodern age. It presents a history and critique of the concept of postmodernism throughout contemporary psychoanalytic thought. As such it is a critical survey of the complex relations between desire, selfhood and culture.


    Notes on Contributors

    Introduction: Rethinking Psychoanalysis in the Postmodern Era, Anthony Elliott and Charles Spezzano

    1. Psychoanalysis at its Limits: Navigating the Postmodern Turn, Anthony Elliott and Charles Spezzano

    2. Final Analysis: Can Psychoanalysis Survive in the Postmodern West?, Jane Flax

    3. Postmodernism and the Adoption of Identity, Stephen Frosh

    4. The Shadow of the Other Subject: Intersubjectivity and Feminist Theory, Jessica Benjamin

    5. The Ambivalence of Identity: Psychoanalytic Theory in the Space Between Modernity and Postmodernity, Anthony Elliott

    6. Lacanian Psychoanalysis and Postmodernism, Mark Bracher

    7. From Ghosts to Ancestors: The Psychoanalytic Vision of Hans Loewald, Stephen Mitchell

    8. The Dialectically Constituted/Decentred Subject of Psychoanalysis, Thomas Ogden

    9. Why the Self Is, and Is Not, Empty: Trauma and Transcendence in the Postmodern Psyche, Karen Peoples

    10. The Struggle to Imagine, Charles Spezzano



    Anthony Elliott, Charles Spezzano