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The work of Sigmund Freud has penetrated almost every area of literary theory and cultural studies, as well as contemporary culture. Pamela Thurschwell explains and contextualises psychoanalytic theory and its meaning for modern thinking. This updated second edition explores developments and responses to Freud's work, including:
Encouraging and preparing readers to approach Freud's original texts, this guide ensures that readers of all levels will find Freud accessible, challenging and of continued relevance.
Why Freud? Life and Contexts. Early Theories – Psychoanalysis: An Autobiographical Theory? Key Ideas 1. Interpretation 2. Sexuality 3. Case Histories 4. Freud's Maps of the Mind 5. Society and Religion After Freud: Effects and Conflicts