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    Freud in Cambridge
    • Online ISBN: 9781139020862
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139020862
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Freud may never have set foot in Cambridge - that hub for the twentieth century's most influential thinkers and scientists - but his intellectual impact there in the years between the two World Wars was immense. This is a story that has long languished untold, buried under different accounts of the dissemination of psychoanalysis. John Forrester and Laura Cameron present a fascinating and deeply textured history of the ways in which a set of Freudian ideas about the workings of the human mind, sexuality and the unconscious, affected Cambridge men and women - from A. G. Tansley and W. H. R. Rivers to Bertrand Russell, Bernal, Strachey and Wittgenstein - shaping their thinking across a range of disciplines, from biology to anthropology, and from philosophy to psychology, education and literature. Freud in Cambridge will be welcomed as a major intervention by literary scholars, historians and all readers interested in twentieth-century intellectual and scientific life.

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Advance praise:‘Freud in Cambridge is an extraordinary and detailed account of an aspect of the British life of psychoanalysis little examined in intellectual history. Cambridge seems on its surface less rich than the London centre of psychoanalysis. Yet what Forrester and Cameron show is how extraordinarily rich this tale is … Without a doubt this is one of the most important books on twentieth-century British intellectual history I have read in a very long time.’

Sander L. Gilman - author of Freud, Race, and Gender

Advance praise:'In this wonderful book, John Forrester and Laura Cameron explore a forgotten moment in the impact of Freud’s ideas in the UK, bringing to life widespread excitement about, and engagement with, psychoanalysis in Cambridge in the early twentieth century.'

Liz Bondi - University of Edinburgh

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