After Freud Left: A Century of Psychoanalysis in America

After Freud Left: A Century of Psychoanalysis in America


Edited by John C. Burnham

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 231mm x 25mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 11 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226081370
  • ISBN 13: 9780226081373
  • Illustrations note: 12 halftones, 1 table
  • Sales rank: 1,152,840

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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 scholarship on Freud's life and on the European or 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 how active the legacy of Freud remains - both implicitly and explicitly - 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.

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Author information

John C. Burnham is research professor in the Department of History at Ohio State University. His most recent book is Accident Prone: A History of Technology, Psychology, and Misfits of the Machine Age, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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"An engaging collection of essays."--Andrew Fearnley, University of Manchester "Journal of American Studies "