History on the Couch: Essays in History and Psychoanalysis

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Bridging the academic gap between psychoanalysis and history, this collection of essays and case studies offers an empirical and methodological challenge to accepted understandings of identity, nationalism, and gender. Contributors including Judith Brett, Marilyn Lake, John Rickard, and James Walter use the lens of psychoanalysis in their considerations of such topics as the holocaust, prisoner-of-war experiences, gay identity, crises in the Balkans and Ireland, and national identity in Australia. The ...
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Overview

Bridging the academic gap between psychoanalysis and history, this collection of essays and case studies offers an empirical and methodological challenge to accepted understandings of identity, nationalism, and gender. Contributors including Judith Brett, Marilyn Lake, John Rickard, and James Walter use the lens of psychoanalysis in their considerations of such topics as the holocaust, prisoner-of-war experiences, gay identity, crises in the Balkans and Ireland, and national identity in Australia. The interdisciplinary scope of the writing offers new insight into existing debates on using psychoanalysis to heal trauma and understand the unconscious.


About the Author:
Joy Damousi is an associate professor of history at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The Labour of Loss: Memory, Mourning and Wartime Bereavement and Living with the Aftermath: Grief Trauma, and Nostalgia. Robert Reynolds is a postdoctoral fellow of education at the University of Sydney and a graduate of Melbourne University. He is the author of From Camp to Queer: Remaking the Australian Homosexual.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522850574
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: psychoanalysis, histories and identities 1
1 Hearing the 'speech of the excluded': re-examining 'madness' in history 17
2 A history of dreams: modernity, masculinity and inner life, 1920s and 1930s 26
3 History, psychoanalysis, modernism 36
4 The inner and outer world of queer life 47
5 Displacing Indigenous Australians: Freud's Totem and Taboo 60
6 The tasks of political biography 73
7 Reading the Victorian family 84
8 'I knew I would be lonely for them always': Donald Thomson and campaigns for Aboriginal rights 96
9 Health, hygiene and the phallic body: thoughts on psychoanalysis and history 106
10 Identity: history, the nation and the self 119
11 Psychoanalytic theory and sources of national attachment: the significance of place 130
12 Contemporary fantasies of ancient hatred: imagining the Yugoslav conflict 141
13 'Impossible history': trauma and testimony among Australian civilians interned by the Japanese in World War II 155
14 Let's stop enjoying the Holocaust and make history instead 166
15 Narratives, terminable and interminable: literature, psychoanalysis and Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace 177
Conclusion: politics, history and the unconscious 188
Notes 199
Bibliography 216
Index 226
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