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Freud, Psychoanalysis and Death


  • Date Published: December 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107478442

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  • Was 'death' a lacuna at the heart of Sigmund Freud's work? Liran Razinsky argues that the question of death is repressed, rejected and avoided by Freud, therefore resulting in an impairment of the entire theoretical structure of psychoanalysis. Razinsky supports his claim through a series of close readings of psychoanalytic texts (including not just Freud, but Klein, Kohut, Jung and Lacan among others) that explore psychoanalysis' inattention to this fundamental human concern. The readings are combined to form an overall critique of psychoanalysis - one that remains sympathetic but calls for a rethinking of the issue of death. In presenting a fresh and persuasive interpretation of the Freudian corpus, this book will be of interest to scholars of Freud's thought and psychoanalysis, literary scholars, analysts, clinicians and to all those curious about death's psychic life.

    • A solid yet far-ranging interpretation of Freud that poses challenges to psychoanalysis, examines its frontiers and possibilities, and provides a call for a reappraisal and renewal of theory
    • Features rich, sensitive and suggestive readings of Freud's texts including a refreshing bold analysis of The Interpretation of Dreams
    • Combines literary tradition (close readings of Freud) and familiarity with psychoanalysis and clinical thinking - the author has roots in both
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an excellent work of scholarship, both detailed and comprehensive. It enriches our understanding of the complexity of psychoanalytic theory and the meaning of death.' Rachel Blass, Heythrop College, University College London, the British Psychoanalytical Society and the Israel Psychoanalytic Society

    'This book is a significant and original contribution, one which is thought-provoking and challenging, and it explicitly prepares the way for more successful accommodations of death and finitude in psychoanalytic inquiry.' Agnes Petocz, University of Western Sydney

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107478442
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Against death: Freud and the question of death's psychic presence
    2. 'Most of the time life appears so uncertain to me': death as a concern in Freud's life
    3. The dream of death: The Interpretation of Dreams
    4. To dream, perchance to die: a further exploration of The Interpretation of Dreams
    5. Death and anxiety
    6. A struggle with the concept of death: Thoughts for the Times on War and Death
    7. Driving death away: Freud's theory of the death drive
    8. Death and culture: death as a central motif in Freud's cultural and literary analyses
    9. Avoidance and reduction of death in psychoanalysis
    10. The post-Freudians in the labyrinth of death
    11. Lacan
    12. Attempts at reconciliation
    13. Sources of the clash: the conflict between analytic ideas and concern with death
    14. Death in life
    Final thoughts.

  • Author

    Liran Razinsky, Bar-llan University, Israel
    Liran Razinsky is a Lecturer in the Department of Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar Ilan University, Israel. He works in both French and comparative literature, critical theory, as well as in theoretical psychoanalysis.

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