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Psychoanalysis at its Limits

Navigating the Postmodern Turn, 1st Edition

Edited by Anthony Elliott, Charles Spezzano


312 pages

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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.

Table of Contents


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


About the Series

Routledge Revivals: Anthony Elliott: Early Works in Social Theory

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1992 and 2004, draw together the early works of Anthony Elliott, in the field of social theory. The collection covers some of his major works in the field of sociology, with a focus on psychoanalysis, social theory, modern culture, and cultural theory. This set is a celebration of the prolific collection of early works written or co-authored by Anthony Elliott.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General