Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

by Pamela Thurschwell
     
 

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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:

Overview

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:

  • tracing contexts and developments of Freud’s work over the course of his career
  • exploring paradoxes and contradictions in his writing
  • focusing on psychoanalysis as an interpretative strategy, paying special attention to its impact on literary and cultural theory
  • examining the recent backlash against Freud and arguing for the continued relevance of psychoanalysis.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Part of the new "Routledge Critical Thinkers" series, this is a clear, concise guide for the nonspecialist to a major thinker in humanities and literary studies. Thurschwell (English, University Coll., London) writes with confidence, balance, and enthusiasm about an important and difficult subject that may no longer hold sway in American psychiatry and psychology but survives in the humanities and needs to be understood as a major ideological force despite its flaws. The book contains chapters on early theories, interpretation, sexuality, case histories, maps of the mind, society and religion, and psychoanalysis's aftermath, including feminist criticism and a remarkable summary of Jacques Lacan's role. The reader (college level, at least) can form independent judgments and will be equipped to address Freud's texts directly. Although weak on Freud's biography, this book, supplemented with Louis Breger's Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision (LJ 9/1/00), makes the best short introduction to Freud and belongs in all libraries.--E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134027057
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/07/2009
Series:
Routledge Critical Thinkers
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
File size:
238 KB

Meet the Author

Pamela Thurschwell is a Research Fellow in English at Queen's College, Cambridge.

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