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Reading Freud

Reading Freud
Psychoanalysis as Cultural Theory

July 2007 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Cultural theory has found a renewed interest in psychoanalysis, bringing many new readers to Freud and his work. This book is an introductory guide to Freud and brings together for the first time:
  • an overview of Freud's work which enables the reader to see quickly where, and in which texts, Freud develops his main ideas
  • a guide to reading Freud, and to what can be done with the complexities of his texts
  • an examination of what recent cultural theory draws from Freud, and of why psychoanalysis is of interest for it
  • a discussion about the Freud revealed by recent cultural theory
  • an extensive selection of extracts from Freud's texts, with commentary.

This book is the definitive guide to the content of Freud's texts: what's there and where to find it. It will have wide appeal to students new to Freud in cultural studies, literary theory, philosophy and sociology.


The slip
Early writings

I: Unconscious and conscious
II: Ego, id and superego
III: The inhuman
I: Drive
II: Development
Sexual difference
Foreign territory
I: Fantasies of the social
II: The social super-ego
III: The opening of history

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