The Seductions of Psychoanalysis

The Seductions of Psychoanalysis : Freud, Lacan and Derrida

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The Seductions of Psychoanalysis reflects on the history of psychoanalysis, its conceptual foundations and its relation to other disciplines. John Forrester probes the origins of psychoanalysis and its most beguiling concept, the transference, which is at once its institutional axis and experimental core. He explores the most seductive of all recent psychoanalytic traditions, that inspired by Jacques Lacan, whose radical questioning of psychoanalytic effects has been continued implicitly by Michel Foucault and explicitly by Jacques Derrida. Other key questions addressed include the significance of speech in the talking cure, and the relationship between the 'real' of psychoanalysis and the fictionality of the 'truth' it offers. Dr Forrester also focuses on the relationship between psychoanalysis and the feminine, on analysis and gossip, on the borderline of seduction and rape, and on the women who have played such a crucial role in the history of psychoanalysis, as patients, analysts or both.
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  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 144 x 221 x 28mm | 560g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521424666
  • 9780521424660
  • 1,100,458

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. The Temptation of Sigmund Freud: 1. The true story of Anna O.; 2. Contracting the disease of love: authority and freedom in the origins of psychoanalysis; 3. Freud, Dora and the untold pleasures of psychoanalysis; 4. Rape, seduction, psychoanalysis; 5. ' ... a perfect likeness of the past'; Part II. The Moment of Jacques Lacan: A note on Translation; 6. 'In place of an introduction', The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, books I & II; 7. What the psychoanalyst does with words: Austin, Lacan and the speech acts of psychoanalysis; 8. Dead on time: Lacan's theory of temporality; Part III. The Destiny of Psychoanalysis: 9. Who is in analysis with whom? Freud, Lacan, Derrida; 10. Psychoanalysis: gossip, telepathy and/or science?; 11. Transference and the stenographer: on Dostoevsky's The Gambler; 12. Michel Foucault and the history of psychoanalysis; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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'Forrester traces out the lineage from Freud to Lacan to Derrida with great sophistication and erudition ... Throughout, there is his usual exemplary clarity, and a wealth of supporting illustration. Indeed there is no doubt this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the wider intellectual influence of Lacan's thought.' Martin Stanton, The Times Higher Education Supplement 'John Forrester has written the sort of book that makes the reader yearn for prolonged after dinner conversation with the author, there being not a chapter that does not stimulate the senses towards discussion ... I can imagine returning again and again for clarification and further insight over the coming years.' Jean Knowles, British Medical Journal 'The seduction of psychoanalysis is an excellent example of how, by focusing on details ... a study can open out into an understanding of something as broad as the place of a discipline and a discourse within our culture. With admirable clarity and persistence, John Forrester attempts to show how it is that psychoanalysis has retained its institutional and discursive identity despite the changes and challeges it has undergone.' Dan Gunn, The Times Literary Supplement "Forrester interprets and develops Freud in extremely interesting ways, describing the discursive richness, intensity, and difficulties inherent in the 'analytic position' and vividly portraying the nature and structure of psychoanalytic discourse....The section on Lacan is especially clear....This excellent collection of essays is recommended...." Choice
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