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The Dead Father
A Psychoanalytic Inquiry

ISBN 9780415449953
Published December 2, 2008 by Routledge
224 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

What is the significance of the Father in psychoanalysis today?

This book constructs a much needed framework to allow psychoanalysts to consider the difficulties of a generation without a solid anchor in the Father. The Dead Father: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry provides a necessary addition to decades of work on the role of the mother in development. The editors bring together world renowned scholars to discuss current observations in their fields, in terms of the Father’s changing but essential functions, both in the lives of the individual and collective. Divided into four parts, chapters focus on:

  • The Lost Father
  • The Father Embodied
  • The Father in Theory
  • Father Culture.

Exploring the role of the father in individual psychology, everyday interpersonal and social experience and cultural phenomena writ large, this book will be essential reading for psychoanalysts, as well as psychologists, social workers and scholars in the humanities.

Table of Contents

Kalinich, Introduction. Taylor, Prologue. Part I: The Lost Father. Green, The Construction of the Lost Father. Urribarri, Fatherhood Revisited: The Dead Father, Fraternal Pact and Analytic Filiation in the Work of André Green. Part II: The Father Embodied. Aguirre, Introduction. Aisenstein, The Death of the Dead Father? Laurent, A New Love for the Father. Laqueur, Un-mastered Remains: Fathers in Freud and Me. Part III: The Father in Theory. Richards, Introduction. Anzieu-Premmereur, The Dead Father Figure and the Symbolization Process. Perelberg, The Dead Father and the Sacrifice of Sexuality: An Abridged Version. Herzog, Constructing and Deconstructing the Conglomerate: Thoughts about the Father in Life, Death and Theory. Part IV: Father Culture. Muller, Introduction. Tayler, A Little Pedagogy, Then and Now. Crapanzano, The Dead But Living Father, The Living But Dead Father. Kristeva, A Father is Beaten to Death. Meyers, Epilogue.

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Lila J. Kalinich is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she has included Lacan and contemporary philosophy in her teaching for many years.  She is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and is in private practice.

Stuart W. Taylor is a member of the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is on the faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia College, where he teaches Freud to undergraduates. He is also in private practice.



"The editors deserve much credit for their dedicated efforts to assemble a coherently structured volume of fascinating linked essays from this wealth of contributions." - Shelley Orgel, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2011.