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Freud's Footnotes

Freud's Footnotes

ISBN
9780571195855
Published
07/02/2000
9780571195855
Format
Paperback
Price
£9.99
Paperback
272

About the Book

There are many footnotes to Freud, but Freud himself is never a mere footnote. What makes him so special? Each of Freud's works should make us ask the question, why did he write this? What footnotes do we need to put Freud in perspective, and to revive the neglected problems of psychoanalytic theory?

In Freud's Footnotes, Darian Leader brings to life debates in the history and theory of psychoanalysis, opening up new perspectives on areas that are all too often taken for granted. Leader explores the questions that preoccupied Freud and his followers. He shows how their theories were formed and modified, and situates their contributions in the history of ideas. Contexts and influences, revisions and apparently insignificant details are brought to the foreground in an important study which is characteristically profound, witty and persuasive.

There are many footnotes to Freud, but Freud himself is never a mere footnote. What makes him so special? Each of Freud's works should make us ask the question, why did he write this? What footnotes do we need to put Freud in perspective, and to revive the neglected problems of psychoanalytic theory?In Freud's Footnotes, Darian Leader brings to life debates in the history and theory of psychoanalysis, opening up new perspectives on areas that are all too often taken for granted. Leader explores the questions that preoccupied Freud and his followers. He shows how their theories were formed and modified, and situates their contributions in the history of ideas. Contexts and influences, revisions and apparently insignificant details are brought to the foreground in an important study which is characteristically profound, witty and persuasive.
  • Darian Leader

    Darian Leader is a psychoanalyst and a founder member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research in London. He is the author of, among others, Why do women write more letters than they post?, Promises lovers make when it gets late, Freud's Footnotes, Stealing the Mona Lisa, Why Do People Get Ill? and The New Black.

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