Freud's Paranoid Quest: Psychoanalysis and Modern Suspicion

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New York, New York, U.S.A. 1998 Paperback New 081472650X. BRAND NEW, FLAWLESS COPY, NEVER OPENED--276 pages--TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgments * Introduction 1 * 1 From Primal ... Father to Paranoid 10 * 2 Paranoid Logic 28 * 3 Paranoid Psychology 41 * 4 Before Freud 66 * 5 Freudian Satire 96 * 6 Freud as Quixote 131 7 The Charismatic Paranoid 167 * Conclusion 213 * Epilogue 217 * Notes 223 * Works Cited 257 * Index 267. --DESCRIPTION: In Freud's Paranoid Quest John Farrell analyzes the personality and thought of Sigmund Freud in order to give insight into modernity's paranoid character and into the true nature of Freudian psychoanalysis. Farrell's Freud is not the path-breaking psychologist he claimed to be, but the fashioner and prisoner of a total system of suspicion. The most gifted of paranoids, he deployed this system as a self-heroizing myth and a compelling historical ideology. Strangest of all, Freud's science borrows the rhetoric of the satiric romance adapted from his great model, Don Quixote. Freud Read more Show Less

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Freud's Paranoid Quest is an exceptionally broad-ranging and well-written book....Whether or not one agrees with certain of his arguments and assessments, one must acknowledge the remarkable intelligence that is displayed on nearly every page.
--Louis Sassauthor of Madness and Modernism and The Paradoxes of Delusion

John Farrell's Freud's Paranoid Quest is the most trenchant, exhilarating and illuminating book I have encountered in many years. [The book] should be pondered not just by all students of Freud's thought but by everyone who senses that 'advanced modernity' has by now outstayed its welcome.
--Frederick CrewsUniversity of California, Berkeley

In Freud's Paranoid Quest, John Farrell analyzes the personality and thought of Sigmund Freud in order to give insight into modernity's paranoid character and into the true nature of Freudian psychoanalysis. John Farrell's Freud is not the path-breaking psychologist he claimed to be, but the fashioner and prisoner of a total system of suspicion. The most gifted of paranoids, Freud deployed this system as a self-heroizing myth and a compelling historical ideology.

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Farrell (literature, Claremont McKenna College) analyzes Freud's personality and thought to give insight into modernity's paranoid character and into the true nature of Freudian psychoanalysis. He argues that Freud was afflicted with excessive grandiosity and a false sense of persecution, demonstrates that psychoanalysis borrows from the rhetoric of the satiric romance, and attempts to explain the lure of the charismatic paranoid hero. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814726501
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Farrell is Associate Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 From Primal Father to Paranoid 10
2 Paranoid Logic 28
3 Paranoid Psychology 41
4 Before Freud 66
5 Freudian Satire 96
6 Freud as Quixote 131
7 The Charismatic Paranoid 167
Conclusion 213
Epilogue 217
Notes 223
Works Cited 257
Index 267
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