On a Darkling Plain: Journeys into the Unconscious

On a Darkling Plain: Journeys into the Unconscious

by Ivan Ward
     
 

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Freud's discovery of the dynamic unconscious was revolutionary. Psychoanalysis shocked the world of his contemporaries -- it is still controversial today -- but it was inextricably part of the grand, ambitious project of modernity. No detail of his patients' lives, however banal, was irrelevant to diagnosis; yet psychoanalysis could be employed in the most sweeping…  See more details below

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Freud's discovery of the dynamic unconscious was revolutionary. Psychoanalysis shocked the world of his contemporaries -- it is still controversial today -- but it was inextricably part of the grand, ambitious project of modernity. No detail of his patients' lives, however banal, was irrelevant to diagnosis; yet psychoanalysis could be employed in the most sweeping comments on culture or politics. From family relations and sexual dysfunction to the mass hysteria of dictatorship, psychoanalysis had something to say. Today that vision is often forgotten. Analysis is seen too easily as the vain pursuit of a bourgeois elite, a symptom of our increasingly self-centred, atomistic society. On a Darkling Plain seeks to reinstate psychoanalysis as a valid, exciting and original language with which to comprehend our troubled and unstable world. Each of the ten essays included here takes as a keynote a psychoanalytic term, exploring its relevance in clinical practice but also its contribution to the understanding of our culture. Using a kaleidoscopic array of examples from art, music, popular culture and everyday experience, the authors remind us that Freud's perennially intriguing ideas are still invaluable tools in navigating the maze of ourselves and our environment. Ivan Ward is Director of Education at the Freud Museum, London

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ISBN-13:
9781840463439
Publisher:
Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date:
03/03/2002
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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