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After Freud left : a century of psychoanalysis in America /
edited by John Burnham.
imprint
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
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274 p.
ISBN
0226081370 (cloth : alkaline paper), 9780226081373 (cloth : alkaline paper)
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imprint
Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
isbn
0226081370 (cloth : alkaline paper)
9780226081373 (cloth : alkaline paper)
contents note
1909 to the 1940s: Freud and the psychoanalytic movement cross the Atlantic. Introduction to part I: Transnationalizing ; Psychotherapy, 1909: notes on a vintage / Sonu Shamdasani ; Clark revisited: reappraising Freud in America / Richard Skues ; "A fat wad of dirty pieces of paper": Freud on America, Freud in America, Freud and America / Ernst Falzeder ; Mitteleuropa on the Hudson: on the struggle for American psychoanalysis after the Anschluss / George Makari ; Another dimension of the emigre experience: from Central Europe to the United States via Turkey / Hale Usak-Sahin -- After World War II: the fate of Freud's legacy in American culture. Introduction to part II: a shift in perspective ; Freud and the vicissitudes of modernism / Dorothy Ross -- In America, 1940-1980. Freud, anxiety, and the Cold War / Louis Menand ; Heinz Kohut's americanization of Freud / Elizabeth Lunbeck ; The walking man and the talking cure / Jean-Christophe Agnew.
catalogue key
8418224
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-11-01:
In this outstanding collections of essays, Burnham (Ohio State University) offers a rich, compelling illumination of how psychoanalysis, as the discipline that Freud founded and many refugees carried to America, fared given the changing cultural and historical landscape in the US since 1909, the year Freud delivered his famous Clark University lectures. The nine essays are all well researched and well argued, with the glaring exception of Sonu Shamdasani's blinkered piece, which is philosophically bankrupt and historically unfounded (the extent of his historicism is to quote a history of wine vintages for the year 1909, p. 31). Of particular note is Dorothy Ross's essay, the strongest of the collection, on the linkages of modernism and American psychoanalysis from 1940 to 1980. Another strong essay is that of Louis Menand, who analyzes the compatibilities of Freudianism with Cold War American culture. This volume will be of great value to historians of American culture, psychoanalysis, and intellectual history. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. M. Uebel University of Texas
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"[A] fascinating volume."
" After Freud Left makes a much needed intervention into the historical record, revealing the eclectic and incongruous ways in which Freud's ideas migrated stateside."
"All too often the history of psychoanalysis has been written from polemical standpoints, leaving us to lurch between uncritical hagiography and categorical repudiation. After Freud Left avoids these pitfalls, locating the rise and fall of psychoanalysis in the United States within broader social, political, cultural, and international developments. The result is a lively and intriguing set of essays, which offer refreshingly new, often surprising, insights into the history of this important intellectual movement."
"All too often the history of psychoanalysis has been written from polemical standpoints, leaving us to lurch between uncritical hagiography and categorical repudiation. After Freud Left avoids these pitfalls, locating the rise and fall of psychoanalysis in the United States within broader social, political, cultural, and international developments. The result is a lively and intriguing set of essays, which offer refreshingly new, often surprising, insights into the history of this important intellectual movement."-Greg Eghigian, Pennsylvania State University
"All too often the history of psychoanalysis has been written from polemical standpoints, leaving us to lurch between uncritical hagiography and categorical repudiation. After Freud Left avoids these pitfalls, locating the rise and fall of psychoanalysis in the United States within broader social, political, cultural, and international developments. The result is a lively and intriguing set of essays, which offer refreshingly new, often surprising, insights into the history of this important intellectual movement."Greg Eghigian, Pennsylvania State University
"[E]xcellent. . . . The book is strongly recommended to anyone who is interested in the history of psychoanalysis, but also to people who want to know more about this important chapter in the intellectual history of the twentieth century."
"In this outstanding collection of essays, Burnham offers a rich, compelling illumination of how psychoanalysis, as the discipline that Freud founded and many refugees carried to America, fared given the changing cultural and historical landscape in the US since 1909, the year Freud delivered his famous Clark University lectures. . . . This volume will be of great value to historians of American culture, psychoanalysis, and intellectual history. Highly recommended."
"The book, which includes essays by historians of medicine and of culture, among them Elizabeth Lunbeck, George Makari, Louis Menand, and Dorothy Ross, tells a tale of how psychoanalysis resonated with some of the major thinkers of the time--including Lionel Trilling, Herbert Marcuse, and Norman O. Brown to name but a few. . . . In assembling an illustrious group of historians to write about this topic, Dr. Burnham has done a terrific service to a profession that might well want to reflect on its origins."
"The book, which includes essays by historians of medicine and of culture, among them Elizabeth Lunbeck, George Makari, Louis Menand, and Dorothy Ross, tells a tale of how psychoanalysis resonated with some of the major thinkers of the time-including Lionel Trilling, Herbert Marcuse, and Norman O. Brown to name but a few. . . . In assembling an illustrious group of historians to write about this topic, Dr. Burnham has done a terrific service to a profession that might well want to reflect on its origins."
"[T]his book contains many fascinating historical facts that help broaden the understanding of the development and decline of psychoanalysis in America."
"With a superbly nuanced and reflective introduction by this collection's editor, John Burnham-the doyen of the history of American psychoanalysis-the papers explore, with remarkable erudition and display of previously unexplored sources, the arrival of psychoanalysis in the United States, symbolized by Freud's one brief visit, to Clark University, in 1909, and the long arc of its rise and decline across the hundred years from 19092009. Emigration, transformation, distortion all played their part in the production of American psychoanalysis, which was infused to a remarkable extent in midcentury American life and now appears to be evaporating as quickly as it arrived. Does it leave traces? The historians and critics whose fine papers are collected in After Freud Left give nuanced and original answers."-John Forrester, University of Cambridge
"With a superbly nuanced and reflective introduction by this collection's editor, John Burnhamthe doyen of the history of American psychoanalysisthe papers explore, with remarkable erudition and display of previously unexplored sources, the arrival of psychoanalysis in the United States, symbolized by Freud's one brief visit, to Clark University, in 1909, and the long arc of its rise and decline across the hundred years from 19092009. Emigration, transformation, distortion all played their part in the production of American psychoanalysis, which was infused to a remarkable extent in midcentury American life and now appears to be evaporating as quickly as it arrived. Does it leave traces? The historians and critics whose fine papers are collected in After Freud Left give nuanced and original answers."John Forrester, University of Cambridge
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Summaries
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This volume brings together a gallery of leading historians of psychoanalysis and of American culture to consider the broad history of psychoanalysis in America and to reflect on what has happened to Freud's legacy in the United States in the century snce his visit.
Main Description
From August 29 to September 21, 1909, Sigmund Freud visited the United States, where he gave five lectures at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. This volume brings together a stunning gallery of leading historians of psychoanalysis and of American culture to consider the broad history of psychoanalysis in America and to reflect on what has happened to Freud's legacy in the United States in the century since his visit. There has been a flood of recent scholarship on Freud's life and on the European and world history of psychoanalysis, but historians have produced relatively little on the proliferation of psychoanalytic thinking in the United States, where Freud's work had monumental intellectual and social impact. The essays in After Freud Left provide readers with insights and perspectives to help them understand the uniqueness of Americans' psychoanalytic thinking, as well as the forms in which the legacy of Freud remains active in the United States in the twenty-first century. After Freud Left will be essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century American history, general intellectual and cultural history, and psychology and psychiatry.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
1909 to the 1940s: Freud and The Psychoanalytic Movement Cross the Atlantic
Introduction to Part I: Transnationalizingp. 25
Psychotherapy, 1909: Notes on vintagep. 31
Clark Revisited: Reappraising Freud in Americap. 49
"A Fat Wad of Dirty Pieces of Paper": Freud on America, Freud in America, Freud and Americap. 85
Mitteleuropa on the Hudson: On the Struggle for American Psychoanalysis after the Anschlußp. 111
Another Dimension of the Émigré Experience: From Central Europe to the United States via Turkeyp. 125
After World War II: The Fate of Freud's Legacy in American Culture
Introduction to Part II: A Shift in Perspectivep. 157
Freud and the Vicissitudes of Modernism in the United States, 1940-1980p. 163
Freud, Anxiety, and the Cold Warp. 189
Heinz Kohut's Americanization of Freudp. 209
The Walking Man and the Talking Curep. 233
Conclusionp. 247
Acknowledgmentsp. 255
Chronological Guide to Eventsp. 257
List of Contributorsp. 261
Indexp. 263
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