In his latest groundbreaking book, the author examines the history of psychoanalysis from a resolutely independent perspective. At once spellbinding case histories and meticulously crafted gems of scholarship, Rudnytsky's essays are "re-visions" in that each sheds fresh light on its subject but they are also avowedly "revisionist" in their scepticism towards all forms of psychoanalytic orthodoxy. Beginning with a judicious reappraisal of Freud and ranging in scope from King Lear to contemporary neuroscience, the author treats in depth the lives and work of Ferenczi, Jung, Stekel, Winnicott, Coltart, and Little, each of whom sought to "rescue psychoanalysis" by summoning it to live up to its highest ideals.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Introduction -- Inventing Freud -- "Infantile thoughts": reading Ferenczi's Clinical Diary as a commentary on Freud's relationship with Minna Bernays -- Rescuing psychoanalysis from Freud: the common project of Stekel, Jung, and Ferenczi -- "I'm just being horrid": D. W. Winnicott and the strains of psychoanalysis -- In praise of Nina Coltart -- Rethinking King Lear: from incestuous fantasy to primitive anxieties -- The bridge across Clifton Road: Emory University and the future of psychoanalytic studies -- "Nitty-gritty issues": an interview with Eric R. Kandel