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History and psyche : culture, psychoanalysis, and the past / edited by Sally Alexander and Barbara Taylor.

  • Alexander, Sally, 1943-
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The relationship between psychoanalysis and history is long-standing, productive and controversial. From Freud onward, psychoanalytic thinkers have looked to history for insights into the operations of the human mind. Historians have been more equivocal about the value of psychoanalysis for their discipline. But recent decades have seen a growing interest in psychoanalysis across the Humanities. History and Psyche brings together some of the best work in this area, in essays by sixteen leading scholars including Lyndal Roper, Michael Roth, Luisa Passerini, Adam Phillips and Peter Burke. Topics explored include Luther and psychobiography, empathy and historical subjectivity, the political history of the Oedipus complex, and childhood in early modernity.


New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2012]

Physical description

ix, 347 pages ; 23 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


The psychoanalytic corner : notes on a conversation with Peter Gay / Michael Roth -- Freud, fin-de-siecle politics, and the making of psychoanalysis / T.G. Ashplant -- The narcissistic homosexual : genealogy of a myth / Elizabeth Lunbeck -- The English Freud : W.H.R. Rivers, psychotherapy, and the early twentieth-century human sciences / John Forrester -- European witness : analysands abroad in the 1920s and 1930s / Laura Marcus -- Beyond containing : the First World War and the psychoanalytic theories of Wilfred Bion / Michael Roper -- Primary maternal pre-occupation : D.W. Winnicott and social democracy in mid-20th century britain / Sally Alexander -- Freud's stepchild : adolescent subjectivity and psychoanalysis / Pam Thurschwell -- Historical subjectivity / Barbara Taylor -- Keeping our distance / Adam Phillips -- The seven-headed monster : Luther and psychology / Lyndal Roper -- Elizabeth Isham's Everlasting library : memory and self in early modern autobiography / Katharine Hodgkin -- Postwar art and the psychoanalytic imaginary / Alex Potts -- The pursuit of serenity : psychological knowledge and the making of the British welfare state / Rhodri Hayward -- An eclectic ego-histoire / Luisa Passerini -- Afterword / Peter Burke.


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